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The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy By Ruth Richardson (Affiliated Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge and Visiting Professor in Humanities, Hong Kong University. She is also Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.)

The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy
by Ruth Richardson (Affiliated Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge and Visiting Professor in Humanities, Hong Kong University. She is also Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.)

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The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy tells the story of one of the most iconic scientific books ever published: a textbook of anatomy that is still a household name 150 years since its first edition. It is the story of the remarkable and dedicated characters who created it, of poverty, class, and science and society in Victorian London.
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The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy: Bodies, books, fortune, fame by Ruth Richardson (Affiliated Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge and Visiting Professor in Humanities, Hong Kong University. She is also Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.)

Gray's Anatomy is probably one of the most iconic scientific books ever published: an illustrated textbook of anatomy that is still a household name 150 years since its first edition, known for its rigorously scientific text, and masterful illustrations as beautiful as they are detailed. The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy tells the story of the creation of this remarkable book, and the individuals who made it happen: Henry Gray, the bright and ambitious physiologist, poised for medical fame and fortune, who was the book's author; Carter, the brilliant young illustrator, lacking Gray's social advantages, shy and inclined to religious introspection; and the publishers - Parkers, father and son, the father eager to employ new technology, the son part of a lively circle of intellectuals. It is the story of changing attitudes in the mid-19th century; of the social impact of science, the changing status of medicine; of poverty and class; of craftsmanship and technology. And it all unfolds in the atmospheric milieu of Victorian London - taking the reader from the smart townhouses of Belgravia, to the dissection room of St George's Hospital, and to the workhouses and mortuaries where we meet the friendless poor who would ultimately be immortalised in Carter's engravings. Alongside the story of the making of the book itself, Ruth Richardson reflects on what made Gray's Anatomy such a unique intellectual, artistic, and cultural achievement - how it represented a summation of a long half century's blossoming of anatomical knowledge and exploration, and how it appeared just at the right time to become the 'Doctor's Bible' for generations of medics to follow.

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The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy Reviews


Fascinating. * Christopher Hirst, The Independent *

About Ruth Richardson (Affiliated Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge and Visiting Professor in Humanities, Hong Kong University. She is also Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.)



Ruth Richardson works for the Institute of Historical Research, London, and is the author of Death, Dissection, and the Destitute.

Table of Contents


Introduction ; 1. The Words: Mr Gray of Belgravia ; 2. The Pictures: Dr Carter of Scarborough ; 3. The Enterprise: J.W.Parker & Son of West Strand ; 4. The Process of Creation: Person or Persons Unknown ; 5. The Raw Material: The Friendless Poor of London ; 6. The Process of Creation ; 7. The Process of Production ; 8. 1858: The Book Appears ; 9. Calamity ; 10. Futurity ; Acknowledgements ; References ; Bibliography ; Index

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The Making of Mr Gray's Anatomy: Bodies, books, fortune, fame by Ruth Richardson (Affiliated Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge and Visiting Professor in Humanities, Hong Kong University. She is also Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.)
Ruth Richardson (Affiliated Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge and Visiting Professor in Humanities, Hong Kong University. She is also Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.)
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Oxford University Press
2009-10-08
344
0199570280
9780199570287
Winner of Co-winner of the Medical Journalists Association 'Open Book' award 2009.
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