Evolution of Prosthetics

Diego Pabon

950-710 B.C.

the first prosthetic found attached onto an Egyptian mummy it was made out of wood and leather.

600 B.C.

The Greville Chester toe was created by the Egyptians and made of cartonnage with these materials linen, glue, and plaster.
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300 B.C.

The oldest known prosthetic leg was the Capua leg crafted by the romans from bronze, iron and wood.

476-1000 (Middle Ages)

Peg legs and hooks were common to see during this era because it was during the middle ages and knights were often fitted with prosthetic limbs.
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1400-1800 (The Renaissance)

prosthetics during this time were usually made out of copper, iron, steel, and wood.
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around this time advancements introduced rubber hands with fingers with other attachment such as hooks.
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1945 (WWII)

Materials made out of wood and leather that were heavy for the person using the prosthetic limb. During this time many people were in need of prosthetic limbs.
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materials that were being used during this time were plastics, polycarbonates, resins, and laminates in place of wood and leather to make prosthetics litter and carbon fiber was also introduced during this time. Synthetic sockets were also around for each patient to have an comfortable, and hygienic fit.
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Now prosthetics are being made up of advanced light weight motorized legs and hands with sensors. The designs of the prosthetics are also more advanced than later prosthetics.
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  • Electronically Published: March 08, 2015