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

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Since, therefore, the dorsal medulla is considered like another brain for nearly all the organs that are beneath the head, and the spine is fashioned as a passage for it and a safe fortification, the Maker of things built many other


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marvelous things around the vertebrae: he extended a spine (P, P, P) [processus spinosus] from the middle of their posterior parts like a fence or palisade for the whole backbone, with the intention that it would be broken, crushed, and subjected to any damage before harm could come to any vertebra and the dorsal medulla itself be hurt.



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