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Artificial leg, England, 1928

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A hip disarticulation is where the amputation is high on the hip, removing the leg and hip joint. It was designed for someone with a hip disarticulation. It has a padded hip socket. The knee locks via a simple pulley mechanism. The limb is made of lightweight hollow metal. It attaches to the body via over-the-shoulder and hip straps. It may have been made for a patient who lost his leg during the First World War. 41,000 British servicemen lost one or more limbs in the conflict. This example was made at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton, Surrey. This important limb manufacturing and fitting centre opened in 1915. This lightweight metal prosthesis was made by artificial limb manufacturing company Hanger in 1928

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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: prosthetics (functional aids)

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