(Chapter 14) Footnote 12:
Sic; again Vesalius refers the reader to the wrong chapter; see Book II Ch. 40 (p. 300 in the 1543 edition), showing juvenile specimens of two thoracic vertebrae. There, as here, Vesalius takes issue with Galen De ossibus 756: “The foreparts [of the vertebrae] are bound together by strong ligament. It is not by cartilage that they are united—as some think—but by the membrane that covers the two meninges of the spinal marrow insinuating itself into the space between ... and binding them together.” (tr. Singer 1952, p. 772). As we see, Galen does not in fact claim that the bond is cartilaginous; the 1555 edition omits the reference to Galen, substituting the following legend: “The cartilaginous ligament intervening between the bodies of the vertebrae. Though three figures, and especially the third of them, that are placed at the end of this Book also illustrate the spine, it is opportune to see them here in passing, along with the figures of the third Book illustrating the series of nerves originating from the dorsal medulla, placed at the beginning of the eleventh chapter of that Book.” For the inaccuracies of this language, transplanted from the beginning of the 1555 figure legend, see note 2 above.