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 11 On The Teeth, Which are also counted as bones

Wisdom teeth [genuini]

These [dentes serotini] are the ones that appear for the first time after puberty and sexual activity in humans, often accompanied by the greatest torments. Doctors have little observed this, and they either extract other teeth or they persuade themselves that the teeth are affected by a disorder of the humors and overwhelm the sick with pills and similar medications, although for those suffering the pain no remedy can be applied more helpful than a light excoriation of the gingiva next to the innermost tooth, and sometimes a piercing of the bone. I myself am just now experiencing this, as my thirty-second tooth [molaris tertius] is growing in as I write this in my twenty-sixth year of age. 16 Many skulls found in cemeteries show the same thing, where these posterior teeth lie still hidden as in a sort of hollow, 17 perforating the very thin bone [os alveolaris] with some cusps of their crown [corona clinica]. An extremely hard-working student of anatomy and a most learned young man, Joannes Paulus Guiducius of Urbino, a very good friend of mine, recently showed me such a skull. Aristotle and many others attribute more teeth to men than to women; it is no harder for anyone to test this than it is for me to say it is false, since no one is prevented from counting teeth. Many even predict the length or shortness of life from their number. 18



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 11 On The Teeth, Which are also counted as bones