Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ancient Egyptians discovered prosthetic medicine

The first prosthetic evidence (two technical foot toes) were constructed in ancient Egypt, according to the magazine "The Lancet".  The evidence found of the two toes, dated before the 7th century B.C. show how they were used not only to complete the physical integrity of the mummy but actually for the better walking process of the patient. 


Experiments took place in order to identify the usefulness of the prosthetic parts, which gave positive results. Evidently this part of medicine (i.e. prosthetic toes) finds its origins in Egypt before the 7th century B.C., whilst a prosthetic leg dated back to the 4th century B.C., found in a Roman tomb in Santa Maria di Capua, was until now considered the most ancient prosthetic limb. 

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