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Moulded plastic leg bone showing orthopaedic appliances, Europe, 1975-1985

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Made from polyurethane, these moulded human leg-shaped bones have been fitted with a number of orthopaedic appliances which date from the late twentieth century. The top joint shows a hip replacement made from titanium and a durable plastic; the knee joint has been entirely replaced by titanium and plastic. A splint, which is used to hold the leg rigid and so help fractures repair, has been fitted to the long femur bone (between the hip and the knee) and there is another attached to the fibula (the bone between the knee and the ankle). The appliances are made from inert materials that tend not to trigger a potentially damaging rejection response by the body’s immune system.

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