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6th September 2014

A prosthetic toe made of wood and leather?

No, it wasn’t always bionic. It certainly didn’t move with neuro-command or feel. But ancient prosthetics were helping their users get from point A to B long before the term ‘prosthetic’ had even been coined.

But there was always a need for it. And just as today,  physicians 3000 years ago have strived to create something better, more comfortable and more life-like. A golden eye from Persia or a prosthetic toe of a mummy open a window in the world of  “Prosthetics…BC.”

(Illustration: Sarah Campbell)

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