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 30 On the Femur

The upper head of the femur

In its upper [proximal] portion, where like its lower [distal] portion it has an epiphysis (C above in figs. 1, 2, G below), it is possessed of an extremely robust head [caput femoris] (A in figs. 1, 2) attached to a lengthy neck [collum femoris] (D in figs. 1, 2) that is inwardly inclined; the head perfectly fits the acetabulum (e, f, g in figs. 1, 2, ch. 29) of the hipbone. This entire head 10 is seen to be smooth and coated with cartilage [cartilago hyalina]; but in the middle a little below the center of its vertex (so to speak), it reveals a narrow, deep, and irregular depression [fovea capitis femoris] (B in fig. 1) in which a smoothly rounded ligament [lig. capitis femoris] (P in fig. 1, ch. 49, Bk. 2) originating from the acetabulum of the hipbone [os coxae] is most firmly implanted.



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 30 On the Femur