@drlindseyfitzharris • This artificial hand is nearly 500 years old. It dates from the 16th century. Most limbs were amputated in this era due to war injuries or accidents. This particular example consists of a metal casing which wrapped around the forearm stump and was secured by metal or leather straps. An internal mechanical structure (now missing) may have allowed the fingers basic movement. The fingers were created as a solid mass... Science Museum in London.
Artificial hand able to respond sensitively thanks to muscles made from smart metal wires | Engineers have taken a leaf out of nature's book by equipping an artificial hand with muscles made from shape-memory wire.
adie's artificial hand, nineteenth century Early amputation was regarded as a life saving procedure and prosthetics were very popular in the nineteenth century in the presence of frequent post-operative infection complicating injuries.