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Artificial left arm, United Kingdom, 1914-1916

Artificial left arm, United Kingdom, 1914-1916

Credits: Science Museum

This example is typical of the prosthetic limbs issued to working men and is simpler but cheaper than other designs available at the time. Made for someone who had their left arm amputated below the elbow, the elbow joint and the hook can be locked in place or allowed to move freely. The double hook with a circular hole above was probably used for farming and agricultural work. The arm was probably made by Anderson & Whitelaw, a prosthetic limb maker. Each of the 41,000 British soldiers who lost a limb during the First World War were entitled to a prosthetic replacement.

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Glossary: prostheses

Artificial body parts, or materials inserted into tissue for functional, cosmetic, or therapeutic effect. Prostheses can be functional (artificial arms and legs), or cosmetic (artificial eye).

Glossary: artificial arm

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