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 14 On the Spine and its Various Bones

Nature’s purpose in the creation of the spine: to provide support

Nature, the parent of all things, fashioned man’s spine like a sort of keel and foundation. 13 For it is by means of the spine that we are able to walk upright and stand erect. Yet she did not give mankind a spine for this purpose alone, but just as she is accustomed elsewhere in the construction of a single member to turn it at the same time to various uses, so no less here she showed its purposeful construction. 14



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 14 On the Spine and its Various Bones