Gray's Anatomy celebrates 150th anniversary

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As a newly qualified doctor in September 1939, Nowell Peach was looking forward to a career in surgery. He was waiting to begin his anatomical studies and the course was set to start on September 4, 1939.

When war was declared the day before, the anatomy course was postponed. Young Dr Peach, then 26, enlisted as a medical officer with the RAF Volunteer Reserve.

Yet although he would spend the next six years in uniform, and three-and-a-half of those years in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps, he still managed to complete his anatomy studies - thanks to a remarkable book.

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, Gray's Anatomy is probably the world's best-known medical book.

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