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 digits are justly made five in number 46

It is not at all difficult to discover why five digits were fashioned if we consider for what functions the fingers are useful. If they were fewer, they would undertake a great many actions less perfectly, while there is no reason we would require more. If fewer had been formed many actions would be lost, as we will readily appreciate if we describe each in a separate account.



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