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

On what vertebrae lateral motion occurs

Nature imparted lateral motion with remarkable diligence to all the vertebrae of the neck; these cannot be moved to the side separately and individually, but they are all inclined in that direction at the same time in successive motions so harmoniously that the head is borne suitably to the side in a consequent motion without any harm. But let us now return to the second vertebra of the neck, and so in turn to the five remaining, explaining only the true construction of each, lest by chance the present chapter grow immense with some new dispute, and I seem too anxiously to uproot the opinions of Galen (to whose diligence elsewhere I have, like all students of medicine, the greatest debt), and zealously to mention all his anatomical lapses.



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