Gray's Anatomy

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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 41st edition as of September 2015, 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.

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 has an online version with videos and expert commentaries.
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