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 5 The Structure of the Head: Why It Is Shaped As It Is, and How Many Configurations It Has

Fourth Unnatural Shape

The fourth unnatural type (figure 5), mentioned also by Hippocrates, 22 protrudes more conspicuously to the sides [os temporale, pars squamosa] near either ear than in the front and rear. This is everywhere unlike the natural shape of the head, as if you imagined the face near one ear of the naturally-shaped head, and the back of the neck near the other. In fact Galen affirms that this type is otherwise conceivable but cannot exist in nature, 23 although in Venice a boy can be seen today with this shape, deformed in many parts 24 and quite mad.



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 5 The Structure of the Head: Why It Is Shaped As It Is, and How Many Configurations It Has