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 6 On the Eight Bones of the Head and the Sutures Connecting Them

Differences in bones of old, young, and juvenile persons. 63

Even if I had never recognized that the bones of old persons differ from those of young, or of children from young people, I should certainly have learned this in my last Anatomy at Bologna when in addition to a large number of bones, those of a newborn infant child, a nonagenarian, and persons of middle age were eagerly brought in by medical students when I was lecturing there on Galen’s book De ossibus, before dissecting muscles. While a large number were preparing bones for inspection which they had gotten from broken tombs and corpses gotten out of hospices it naturally occurred that one had found an old man’s bones, another a child’s, another the bones of people of this or that age, and brought them to lectures. 64 That was when (to return to what I was saying) I came to the conclusion that in infant bones everything is smooth, unjoined, soft, and mostly cartilaginous, that processes are least prominent, and that a great many parts that are held in adults to be made of a single bone are in infants made of several. I shall not hesitate to add to my account features in individual bones caused by fractures, dislocations, distortions, and plications. Any student of true medicine who reads the books of Hippocrates fully understands how important it is to know these things; so will those who have learned from daily experience that epiphyses are dislocated from children’s bones more often than joints, and who have at one time or another prepared for dissection persons where there has been a dislocation or some other bone damage early in life.



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 6 On the Eight Bones of the Head and the Sutures Connecting Them