Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 1 The Nature, Use, and Diversity of Bone

The nature and use of bone

Bone is the hardest and driest of all parts of the human body, the most earthy 1 and cold, and, with the sole exception of the teeth, 2 most lacking in sensation. God, the supreme maker of things, rightly made its substance of this temperament so as to supply the entire body with a kind of foundation. For what walls and beams provide in houses, poles in tents, and keels and ribs in ships, the substance of bones provides in the fabric of man. 3



Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 1 The Nature, Use, and Diversity of Bone