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 3 Names by which the Parts and Surfaces of Bones are Identified

Depressions not made for joints

The same applies to most of the other cavities of bones not made for joints but carved only for the stronger insertion of muscles and ligaments in a better seat, and sometimes also to provide origins for the same. Such a depression is observed on the inner side [fossa trochanterica] of the large outer process of the femur (R in figure 1, Chapter 30), and in the talus and calcaneus between the two joints by which these bones are joined together (T, T in figure 4 [collum tali], and V, V [sulcus calcanei] in figures 7 and 8, Chapter 33). But all of this (as well as the depressions [canales] in which tendons 66 are carried and prevented from leaving their seat (g, d, i, and z in figure 2, chapter 24) such as occur 67 on the external seat of the radius next to the carpus) will be more obvious in the separate descriptions of the bones; and if I omit here any name which will be needed in the description of bones, I shall cover it in subsequent chapters. However useful, I fear that such prolixity before the account of each bone may deter someone eager to move along from his interest in anatomy, and that he may seek out another compendium at no small expense. Yet no less for the reading of Galen’s books than for the description of bones that follows, this first taste of names has been worth the trouble.



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 3 Names by which the Parts and Surfaces of Bones are Identified