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 20 On the Cartilaginous Substance Which Is Ascribed to the Base of the Heart, Or the Bone of the Heart

The fraudulence of physicians and druggists 9

Let us have done with the fabrications of such people and ignore the negligence with which they pompously prescribe for those with heart ailments (so they believe) a draught compounded from the bone of a stag’s heart 10 mixed with some jewels or other and gold. 11 For in fact a stag’s bone is no different than that of a calf, a dog, or a pig, to wit, the cartilaginous roots of the great artery and the arterial vein. And that ossicle which the druggists’ shops have in the past falsely told me is taken from the hearts of stags is I believe nothing else than the larger ossicle 12 of the hyoid bone of a lamb, which is continuous and very like a lambda, l, except that the right leg cuts diagonally across the left like this [Sheephy.gif ], and one leg is shorter than the other—as a sheep’s tongue will show clearer than day whenever it is served at table. 13 When we take up the dissection of the heart in the sixth book we shall describe the method by which the cartilaginous roots of these vessels are investigated.



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 20 On the Cartilaginous Substance Which Is Ascribed to the Base of the Heart, Or the Bone of the Heart