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 26 On the Metacarpus

The character of the four metacarpal bones: length

The metacarpal bones are longer than the other bones of the fingers, and they are for the most part smoothly rounded. The longest 20 is placed before the index finger [digitus secundus] and they become gradually shorter, 21 so that easily the shortest and slenderest of them all is placed before the little finger [digitus quintus].



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 26 On the Metacarpus