A Comparative Study Of Prosthetics

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Prosthetics has always been mingled with the history of soldiers that fought in battles and warfare. The taking of a limb could have resulted from a ceremonial sacrifice, a punishment or a battlefield wound. One of the first examples of a prosthesis that was discovered was a fake big toe dating between 950-710 B.C.E. in Egypt, belonging to a noblewoman. The device was constructed of basic materials, such as wood and metal and held to the body with a leather attachment. John Marshall claims that “the big toe was particularly important to an Egyptian because it was necessary in order to wear the traditional Egyptian sandals” (“The History” 2015). Another view on the prosthetic toe was believed that if a body was not whole during burial…show more content…
At this point in history, the prosthesis was becoming more of a piece of work. By the 1800’s prostheses were at a higher demand. Alexis Douglas goes on stating that a German dentist developed a full arm prosthesis that was able to be controlled by the movement of the shoulder and torso, as a Dutch sculptor designed a device for above the elbow amputees that does a similar effect to the German dentist in 1844. By 1863, Dubois Parmelee invented the socket method to attach to either arm and leg prostheses that use suction to keep the prosthetic in place. “The split-hook hand, which is still used in modern day prostheses with a few modifications, was created in 1912, by a man named Dorrance” (“Pelinks4u” n.d.). As time evolved on some advancements happens sporadically throughout time. From the hand hook and peg leg to the sock suction method and materials from steel, iron, copper or wood to present day lightweight metals, carbon fiber, and plastics. At the time, prosthetics were made to hide injuries that were sustained in battles and to hide the embarrassment and unsightly of the lost limb to presently show off what the amputee is wearing a piece of jewelry or being lifelike and to wear it with pride. As doctors and engineers work together to improve the appearance and the function of prosthetic limbs, they are making “new
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