Gray's Anatomy, 41st Edition

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Gray's Anatomy, 41st Edition


In 1858, Drs. Henry Gray and Henry Vandyke Carter created a book for their surgical colleagues that established an enduring standard among anatomical texts. After more than 150 years of continuous publication, Gray’s Anatomy remains the definitive, comprehensive reference on the subject, offering ready access to the information you need to ensure safe, effective practice.

This 41st edition has been meticulously revised and updated throughout, reflecting the very latest understanding of clinical anatomy from field leaders around the world. The book’s traditional lavish art programme and clear text have been further honed and enhanced, while major advances in imaging techniques and the new insights they bring are fully captured in new state-of-the-art X-ray, CT, MR, and ultrasonic images.

The completely reconfigured accompanying eBook version is richly enhanced with additional content and media, covering all the body regions, cell biology and embryogenesis. This unlocks a whole new level of related information, interactivity and understanding, in keeping with the spirit of innovation that has characterized Gray’s Anatomy since its inception.

  • Presents the most detailed and dependable coverage of anatomy available anywhere.
  • Regional organization collects all relevant material on each body area together in one place, making access to core information easier for clinical readers.
  • Anatomical information is matched with key clinical information where relevant.
  • Numerous clinical discussions emphasize considerations that may affect medical care.
  • Each chapter has been edited by experts in their field, ensuring access to the very latest evidence-based information on that topic.
  • More than 1,000 completely new photographs, including an extensive electronic collection of the latest X-ray, CT, MR, and histological images.
  • The downloadable Expert Consult eBook version included with your purchase allows you to search all of the text, figures, references and videos from the book on a variety of devices.
  • Carefully selected electronic enhancements include additional text, tables, illustrations, labelled imaging and videos – as well as 24 specially invited ‘Commentaries’ on new and emerging topics related to anatomy.


Preface Commentary: The continuing relevance of anatomy in current surgical practice and research, R Shane Tubbs



Historical introduction: A brief history of Gray’s Anatomy, Ruth Richardson

Anatomical nomenclature

Bibliography of selected titles


Section Editor: Caroline B Wigley

1 Basic structure and function of cells, Abraham L Kierszenbaum

2 Integrating cells into tissues, Caroline B Wigley

3 Nervous system, Helmut Kettenmann

4 Blood, lymphoid tissues and haemopoiesis, Andrew JT George

5 Functional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, Michael A Adams

6 Smooth muscle and the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, Jeremy PT Ward

7 Skin and its appendages, John A McGrath, Joey E Lai-Cheong


1.1 Fluorescence microscopy in cell biology today, Dylan M Owen

1.2 Stem cells in regenerative medicine, Jonathan M Fishman, Paolo De Coppi, Martin A Birchall

1.3 Merkel cells, Ellen A Lumpkin

1.4 Metaplasia, Jonathan MW Slack, Leonard P Griffiths, David Tosh

1.5 Electron microscopy in the twenty-first century, Roland A Fleck

1.6 The reaction of peripheral nerves to injury, Rolfe Birch


Video 1.1 – Mitosis in a cell with fluorescently-labelled chromosomes and microtubules, Jonathon Pines, Daisuke Izawa

Video 1.5.1 – Diagnostic histopathology by electron microscopy, Roland A Fleck

Video 1.5.2 – Serial block face scanning electron microscopy(SBFSEM), Roland A Fleck


Section Editor: Patricia Collins

8 Preimplantation development, Alison Campbell, Patricia Collins

9 Implantation and placentation, Eric Jauniaux, Graham J Burton

10 Cell populations at gastrulation, Patricia Collins

11 Embryonic induction and cell division, Patricia Collins

12 Cell populations at the start of organogenesis, Patricia Collins

13 Early embryonic circulation, Patricia Collins

14 Pre- and postnatal development, Patricia Collins, Girish Jawaheer

15 Development of the limbs, Cheryll Tickle


2.1 Human anatomy informatics, Jonathan BL Bard, Paul N Schofield

2.2 An evolutionary consideration of pharyngeal development, Anthony Graham, Victoria L Shone


Video 8.1 – Human in vitro fertilization and early development, Alison Campbell

Video 9.1 – Ultrasound features of the maternal placental blood flow, Eric Jauniaux

Video 14.1 – Ultrasound features of the fetus at 26 weeks, Jonathan D Spratt, Patricia Collins


Section Editor: Alan R Crossman

16 Overview of the nervous system, Alan R Crossman, Richard Tunstall

17 Development of the nervous system, Zoltán Molnár

18 Ventricular system and subarachnoid space, Jacob Bertram Springborg, Marianne Juhler

19 Vascular supply and drainage of the brain, Paul D Griffiths

20 Spinal cord: internal organization, Monty Silverdale

21 Brainstem, Duane E Haines

22 Cerebellum, Jan Voogd

23 Diencephalon, Ido Strauss, Nir Lipsman, Andres M Lozano

24 Basal ganglia, Tipu Aziz, Erlick AC Pereira

25 Cerebral he

Susan Standring, PhD, DSc, Emeritus Professor of Anatomy, Head of Anatomy and Human Sciences, King's College London, London, UK


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