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 15 On the Vertebrae of the Neck or Cervix

The seven vertebrae of the neck 26

There are, then, seven vertebrae in the human neck (A to B in the fig. illustrating ch. 14, I to K in the three skeletons), whose nature and use I shall now attempt to explain, beginning my account with the motions of the head and neck. It is not my intention here to give an account of the neck’s use in birds and quadrupeds that have long legs, since no one fails to understand that Nature provided them, because they have no hands, with an extended neck and jaws for taking in food, and for this reason fashioned them a neck with more vertebrae. 27



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 15 On the Vertebrae of the Neck or Cervix