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Not since it first published in 1858 has Gray's Anatomy introduced so much innovation to the world of anatomical references. A team of renowned clinicians, anatomists, and basic scientists have radically transformed this classic resource to incorporate all of the newest anatomical knowledge...reorganized it by body region to parallel clinical practice...and added many new surface anatomy, radiologic anatomy, and microanatomy images to complement the exquisite artwork that the book is known for. In addition, a new, multimedia package enables users to consult the printed book...access a dynamic, continuously updated web site...or explore a CD-ROM containing all of the book's images plus 9 fully rotatable, strippable anatomical models. Although there are now many books called "Gray's Anatomy," only this 39th Edition carries on the true lineage of the original text. And, only this 39th Edition delivers so much pragmatic, clinically indispensable information. The result is, once again, the world's definitive source on human anatomy.

• A new organization—by body region, rather than by organ system—parallels the way physicians approach patients.
• A new clinical emphasis ensures relevance to everyday practice.
• Updates reflect the very latest understanding of the pelvic floor · the inner ear · the peritoneum · preimplantation embryology · assisted fertilization · smooth and cardiac muscle · wrist kinematics and kinetics · the temporomandibular joint · blood supply to the muscles and skin · topographical, clinico-pathological, and functional anatomy · cross-sectional and endoscopic imaging · the spread of infection along fascial planes · anatomical landmarks that facilitate differential diagnosis · key anatomical variants throughout the body · and many other crucial areas.
• Almost 400 new illustrations nearly 2,000 in all, over half of them in full color—depict all structures with optimal clarity, including surface anatomy, radiologic anatomy, and microanatomy.
• A new, multimedia package enables users to consult the printed book...access a dynamic, continuously updated web site...or explore a CD-ROM containing all of the book's images plus 9 fully rotatable, strippable anatomical models.

Your purchase entitles you to access the web site until the next edition is published, or until the current edition is no longer offered for sale by Elsevier, whichever occurs first. If the next edition is published less than one year after your purchase, you will be entitled to online access for one year from your date of purchase. Elsevier reserves the right to offer a suitable replacement product (such as a downloadable or CD-ROM-based electronic version) should access to the web site be discontinued.

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Editorial Reviews

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An Institution between Covers - the 39th Edition Expands Gray's Original Task - By Sherwin B. Nuland

"The eminent mid-20th century British historian of medicine F.N.L. Poynter once said of Gray's Anatomy that "what began as a book has become an institution."

Like all progressive institutions, this one periodically looks itself over, evaluates its development and takes measures to be sure that it has kept up with the times. Keeping up has occasionally required increasing the complexity of its operations, necessarily expanding its bureaucracy, and seeking new forward-looking leadership. As the institution among medical books, Gray's Anatomy has throughout its history continued to do all these things, with the result that it has only improved with age; it is venerable, but not hoary.

Quite obviously, no single reviewer is competent to judge the reliability of every bit of material to be found in this encyclopedic book. As a general surgeon selectively studying sections with which I have a career's worth of experience and only perusing others, I am much taken with their usefulness and lucid readability, which says a great deal for an anatomy text. At the astonishingly low price of $169 for the print edition and only an extra $30 to have it on CD-ROM and online as well, this may be the best value seen in medical publishing since 1819, when Rene Laennec's two-volume treatise on auscultation was put on sale at a price of 13 francs, with a stethoscope thrown in for a small additional cost.

One final word. It is customary when reviewing a book that is in all ways as outstanding as this one to introduce a quibble or two, if for no other reason than to show that the volume has been carefully and completely evaluated with a critical eye. Being a surgeon and not an anatomist (who therefore does not know a fissura antitragohelicina from a sulcus antihelcis transversus), I have been able to find only one item about which to grouse: One looks in vain for the "Surface Anatomy of the Lower Limb" to be found on page 1339, as the table of contents claims. It is to be located 60 pages further on, where the topic is just as clearly presented as is every other facet of this beautifully produced and medically invaluable book." — Scientific American, March 2005.

The book exudes class. Surgeons and radiologists will enjoy owning the ultimate road map of the human body. Clinicians will enjoy dipping into this and reading about their specialist area. Whilst many doctors will find some of the contents a fascinating and interesting read. The quality of illustrations is superb with great detail and well labelled. The website is fantastic and similar to other e-ditions from the Elsevier series.

This package is magnificient and for those that want a superb anatomy resource, look no futher this book and website will more than suffice. — Univadis Medical Website, May 2005

This book is essential for the practice of pathological anatomy as it focuses on what the practitioner can see in practice as opposed to the anatomy which is taught academically. It is an integrated and original work which will become a daily reference for all clinicians, radiologists and anatomo-pathologists. It's easy to read, attractively designed and user friendly. It is to be recommended at all levels, in particular for those needing to refresh their knowledge. French Website for french pathologists (

The new Gray's website has an ask-the-author section where your emailed question can be directed via the editor-in-chief to one of the authors. There's a selection of about 30 anatomy-related websites. There's a link to a drugs database. And the editorial team keep you up-to-date with the world of anatomy by regularly inserting anatomical research abstracts at relevant places in the e-book. Many will like the 39th edition and it will be widely used. — The Lancet Oncology, August 2005

The Primal 3 interactive tests are the best bit on the CD and will certainly be of interest to students trying to learn all this stuff for the first time, and for those who wish to see how much they have forgotten. — The Lancet, September 2005

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780443066764
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 12/20/2004
  • Edition number: 39
  • Pages: 1600
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 12.50 (h) x 2.90 (d)

Table of Contents


Anatomical Nomenclature • Basic Structure and Function of Cells • Integrating Cells into Tissues
Systemic Overview: Nervous System • Blood, Lymphoid Tissues and Haemopoiesis • Functional Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System • Smooth Muscle and the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic systems • Skin and its Appendages • Endocrine System: Principles of Hormone Production and Secretion • Embryogenesis • Prenatal and Neonatal Growth


Overview of the Organization of the Nervous System • Autonomic Nervous System • Development of the Nervous System • Cranial Meninges • Ventricular System and Cerebrospinal Fluid • Vascular Supply of the Brain • Spinal Cord • Brain Stem • Cerebellum • Diencephalon • Cerebral Hemisphere • Basal Ganglia • Special Senses


Surface Anatomy of the Head and Neck • Overview of the Development of the Head and Neck
Head: Skull and Mandible • Development of the Skull • Face and Scalp • Infratemporal Region and Temporomandibular Joint
Neck and Upper Aerodigestive Tract: Neck • Nose, Nasal Cavity, Paranasal Sinuses and Pterygopalatine Fossa • Oral Cavity • Development of the Face and Neck • Pharynx • Larynx • Development of the Pharynx, Larynx and Oesophagus
Ear and Auditory and Vestibular Apparatus: External and Middle Ear • Inner Ear • Development of the Ear
The Bony Orbit and Peripheral and Accessory Visual Apparatus: The Orbit and its Contents • The Eye • Development of the Eye


Surface Anatomy of the Back • The Back • Macroscopic Anatomy of the Spinal Cord and Spinal Nerves • Development of the Vertebral Column


General Organization and Surface Anatomy of the Upper Limb • Pectoral Girdle, Shoulder Region and Axilla • Upper Arm • Elbow • Forearm • Wrist and Hand • Overview of Development of the Limbs • Development of the Pectoral Girdle and Upper Limb


Surface Anatomy of the Thorax • Chest Wall • Breast
Heart and Mediastinum: Mediastinum • Heart and Great Vessels • Development of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
Lungs and Diaphragm: Microstructure of the Trachea, Bronchi and Lungs • Pleura, Lungs, Trachea and Bronchi • Diaphragm and Phrenic Nerve • Development of the Trachea, Lungs and Diaphragm


Introduction: Surface Anatomy of the Abdomen and Pelvis • Anterior Abdominal Wall • Posterior Abdominal Wall and Retroperitoneum • Peritoneum and Peritoneal Cavity
Gastrointestinal Tract: General Microstructure of the Gut Wall • Stomach and Abdominal Oesophagus
Small Intestine: Microstructure of the Small Intestine • Duodenum • Jejunum and Ileum
Large Intestine: Microstructure of the Large Intestine • Overview of the Large Intestine • Caecum • Vermiform Appendix • Ascending Colon • Transverse Colon • Descending Colon • Sigmoid Colon • Rectum • Anal Canal
Hepatobiliary System
Liver • Gall Bladder and Biliary Tree
Pancreas, Spleen and Suprarenal Gland: Pancreas • Spleen • Suprarenal (Adrenal) Gland
Development of the Peritoneal Cavity, Gastrointestinal Tract and its Adnexae: Development of the Peritoneal Cavity, Gastrointestinal Tract and its Adnexae
Kidney and Ureter: Kidney • Ureter
Bladder, Prostate and Ureter: Bladder • Male Urethra • Female Urethra • Prostate
Male Reproductive System: Testes and Epididymes • Vas Deferens and Ejaculatory Ducts • Spermatic Cords and Scrotum • Penis • Accessory Glandular Structures
Female Reproductive System: Ovaries • Uterine Tubes • Uterus • Implantation, Placentation, Pregnancy and Parturition • Vagina • Female External Genital Organs
True Pelvis, Pelvic Floor and Perineum: True Pelvis, Pelvic Floor and Perineum
Development of the Urogenital System: Development of the Urogenital System


General Organization and Surface Anatomy of the Lower Limb • Pelvic Girdle, Gluteal Region and Hip Joint • Thigh • Knee • Leg • Foot and Ankle • Development of the Pelvic Girdle and Lower Limb



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