From an Egyptian prosthetic toe found on a female mummy in a tomb near Luxor to a metal arm through to have belonged to a German Knight who lost the limb in a battle in 1503… you can see where the high-tech prosthetics we have now come from.
After combing through the London Science Museum’s archive of 3,000 years worth of medical devices, BBC News put together a slideshow of prosthetics from 950 BC to the middle of last century.
Some other treasures include forks (above) and hammers that fit into replacement arms and a prosthetic foot that laces around the lower leg – like a boot! – that can be made in under an hour. Pictured here, an artificial left arm from Europe, dating back to 1850-1920.
[Via Discover Magazine]
Image: Science Museum
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