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 17 On the Lumbar Vertebrae

What the bodies of the lumbar vertebrae are like

The lumbar vertebrae (E-F on the fig. in ch. 14, L-M in the skeletons) are five in number, the largest and thickest of all we have described so far, and therefore their bodies are also filled with many foramina; these do not lead anywhere, and exist only as vessels providing nutriment.



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 17 On the Lumbar Vertebrae