The Anatomist A less smitten biographer might have abandoned writing about Henry Gray when he learned that scant historical record remained of the anatomist behind the classic… 2007-12-26 Biography Nonfiction Ballatine Books
Book Review

The Anatomist (2007)

Details Release Date: Dec 26, 2007; Writer: Bill Hayes; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction; Publisher: Ballatine Books

A less smitten biographer might have abandoned writing about Henry Gray when he learned that scant historical record remained of the anatomist behind the classic 1858 medical tome that would spawn a hit TV show. Instead, Bill Hayes pursues Gray in the copious and, alas, dull letters and diaries of his uncredited collaborator/ illustrator, H.V. Carter in The Anatomist. Luckily, Hayes fleshes out his research by enrolling in anatomy courses, and proves a wholly entertaining guide to the little-known world of dissection labs. At his first glimpse of the customarily gauze-bandaged feet of a cadaver, he thinks: ''Oh, it's wounded!'' B

Originally posted Dec 14, 2007 Published in issue #970 Dec 21, 2007 Order article reprints
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