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

Variety based upon sensation

A quite minor difference depends on sensation in bones. Teeth are endowed with feeling, but we believe the other bones lack this capacity. Yet we should not too rashly deny bones all sense of feeling, since even the most outstanding physicians affirm that in frequent surgical procedures we encounter bones that sometimes feel pain. Such authorities are not unaware at the same time that virtually all 27 the bones are covered by a certain membrane, which the Greeks therefore called the perio/steon [periosteum], 28 because of which it seemed to some that bones (if they feel anything) have the power of feeling.



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