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 4 On the Structural Relationships of Bones

[Introduction to Chapter 4]

THE BONES of the human body could not be fashioned as a single continuous bone like some stone statue. Though in such a case the human fabric would be less vulnerable to injuries, and the bones would have a firmer seat and could not be dislocated, displaced, or sprained, yet because man should in no way be deprived of motion (which is thought the most characteristic feature of an animal, if anything is), and because motion would not be accomplished without the divisions and joinings of bones, it was very fitting for man to be fashioned out of many bones.



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 4 On the Structural Relationships of Bones