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Art of Invention

Artificial Leg - Benjamin Palmer


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The Artificial Leg


Benjamin Franklin Palmer

This artificial leg introduced a new concept in prosthesis. The articulated joints at the knee, ankle and toe began the concept of natural-looking movement in artificial limbs.

Palmer instituted the idea of eliminating large unsightly gaps between the various components of his leg and of putting springs and movement limits into the limb to give the appearance of natural movement.

Palmer's artificial leg received an award at the first World's Fair at the Crystal Palace in London England in 1851.

Some great links:

London Times Report

Brief Write Up (scroll down to find article)

History of Prosthetics

More History


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Last updated: January 4, 2002

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