History of Prostetic Limbs

  • Jan 1, 1000

    Pre A.D. Prosthetics

    Pre A.D. Prosthetics
    Dating back to the times of the Egyptians, aftificial limbs made of common matterials such as wood and metal have been used by almost every civilization.
  • Nov 16, 1529

    Ambrosie Pare

    In 1529, French surgeon, Ambroise Pare (1510-1590) introduced amputation as a lifesaving measure in medicine. Soon after, Pare started developing prosthetic limbs in a scientific manner.
  • Attatchment using Atmospheric Pressure

    In 1863, Dubois L Parmelee of New York City made an improvement to the attachment of artificial limbs. He fastened a body socket to the limb with atmospheric pressure.
  • First Practical Moving Limb

    In 1898, Dr. Vanghetti invented an artificial limb that could move with through muscle contraction.
  • Advancements in Lower Limbs

    In 1946, a major advancement was made in the attachment of lower limbs. A suction sock for the above-knee prosthesis was created at University of California (UC) at Berkeley.
  • Below the Knee Artificial Limbs

    In 1975, Ysidro M. Martinez' invention of a below-the-knee prosthesis avoided some of the problems associated with conventional artificial limbs.
  • Modern Prosthetics

    Modern Prosthetics
    Modern day artificial limbs are often made from high tech plastics and carbon fiber. A change from the use of wood and metal throughout history. These limbs are much more life like and can even perform life like movements with the use of muscle contractions.