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 27 On the Digits of the Hand

The flexible and elegant fingers of Giovanni Centurio

A fine specimen of this is provided by a young man of the highest prospects and keenest judgment, distinguished for his noble lineage, generous character, and singular erudition in belles lettres and a variety of disciplines: Giovanni Centurio of Genoa, 43 who bends his fingers (which are unusually well-rounded and long, perfectly suited for every art, and most elegant) so amazingly backward that he can hold water in them as easily as we do in our palm. But he displays a remarkable looseness combined with unusual strength not just in the joints of his fingers but also in all the joints of his body, particularly in the joints of his ribs to the thoracic vertebrae. 44 Such, in general, is the articulation of the fingers. It readily confirms that the bones of the fingers deservedly turn out thicker next to the joints than in their remaining length.



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 27 On the Digits of the Hand