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 19 On the Bones of the Thorax

What the thorax is; the chest, and the pectoral bone [sternum]

We shall call the thorax whatever is contained and circumscribed by the ribs (figs. 1 and 2 show the full array of thoracic bones); we do not include, with Aristotle, 22 the entire trunk of the body (from O to j in the skeletons 23 ), which we measure from the throat to the pubic area. We shall for convenience’s sake call the anterior part of the thorax the chest, pectus, and for this reason the wide bone in this location to which the ribs are articulated will fittingly be called the pectoral or chest bone [sternum], lest we seem negligently to confuse the three words of the Greeks and especially Galen, qw/rac, sth=qoj, and ste/rnon. Thus the pectoral bone, ribs, and twelve dorsal vertebrae, which I previously called thoracic, are the bones 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 19 On the Bones of the Thorax