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Pair of lower limb prostheses, Roehampton, England, 1959
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Pair of lower limb prostheses, Roehampton, England, 1959
First pair of lower limb prostheses made for a 2 year old girl; First pair of lower limb prostheses made for a 2 year old girl who was born with bilateral above elbow stumps and
Work Type
Orthopaedics
Date
1959
Location
Roehampton
Material
fibreglass; leather; metal
Measurements
overall: 180 mm x 230 mm x 150 mm,
Description
First pair of lower limb prostheses made for a 2 year old girl who was born with bilateral above elbow stumps and absence of both lower limbs (amelia). The sockets are made of 'durestos' and are mounted on short round peg ends with rubber soles. Made by Hanger in 1959.; These were the first pair of lower limb prostheses issued to a two year-old girl. She was born with a condition called amelia. This is an absence of both lower limbs. The prostheses were made in 1959 by Hanger, a company based at Queen Mary s Hospital, Roehampton in west London. They consist of two separate sockets linked by four leather straps. They are made of a potentially harmful resinated asbestos material called durestos. Durestos was originally developed by the aeronautical industries. Its strength and lightness made it a perfect building material. Orthopaedic manufacturers adopted the material in the 1950s and 1960s for these same reasons.
ID Number
co476599
Source
Image and original data from Science Museum Group - https://collection.sciencemuseum.org.uk
Rights
The source metadata displayed in the Description field is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. All other source metadata is released under Creative Commons Zero - https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/. The image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License - https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/.
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