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 ritual the spirit of the individual would not be whole in the afterlife.
Another well-known prosthetic is the Roman Capua Leg, which was found in Capua, Italy, in 1858 dating to be about 300 B.C. “It was made from a wooden core and coated with hammered metal plates to replace a missing lower leg. The replacement limb was then strapped with leather to the remaining stump and used to replicate normal movement” mentioned by Alexis Douglas (“Pelinks4u” n.d.). These devices were formed by many different trade makers, such as blacksmiths, metalworkers, armor makers and watchmakers, since they all were skilled in working with the material previously.
By the 16th century, artificial limbs became an extension of a knight’s suit of armor. With all the…
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