Gray's Anatomy

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.
Title page of the 20th edition.

Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body was first published in 1858 by Henry Gray. It's been built on ever since. In its 42nd edition as of October 2020, it's considered the authoritative sourcebook for pretty much all anatomical issues. Those who read it have less of a chance of Failing Biology Forever -- if they don't go blind from eyestrain first.

The characters on the show Grey's Anatomy might have read it during med school, but no one knows due to all the screwing around going on there.

See also Chekov's Gun.

Not to be confused with the movie of the same name starring Spalding Gray.

Tropes used in Gray's Anatomy include:
  • Artistic License Biology: Averted hard.
  • Book Safe: Philip Markoff, accused but never convicted of being the Craigslist Killer, had a hollowed-out copy of Gray's Anatomy with a gun inside under his bed.
  • Technology Marches On: The first edition was print-only. The 41st edition had an online version with videos and expert commentaries.