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 16 On the Vertebrae of the Thorax

A vertebra is supported above and below by others. 13

For although there is one of the thoracic vertebrae that goes up into the vertebra placed above it with its ascending processes and likewise into the one below with its descending processes, or is taken in by two vertebrae, it is not always the same one (assuming there are only twelve thoracic vertebrae), since now the eleventh, now the twelfth, or some other is sometimes joined to the neighboring vertebrae by this type of joint. To make it easy for one to understand exactly what this vertebra is and how it is articulated to the others is a very difficult task here to describe but quite easy for me to demonstrate; I shall attempt this


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with all possible diligence, explaining all the parts of the thoracic vertebrae in order, so that one may more quickly discover in what respects they fight with each other. For there is no small diversity in the vertebrae of the thorax.



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 16 On the Vertebrae of the Thorax