Artificial left hand, Birmingham, England, 1914-1920
The artificial hand is made from wood. The thumb, index finger and middle finger are articulated and can move to grip items but the other two fingers are fixed in position. The hand is screwed into another prosthesis. The First World War, which this hand dates from, stimulated innovation and development in prostheses as over 41,000 British servicemen lost one or more limb. The hand was made by Anderson and Whitelaw, an artificial limb maker.
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Artificial body parts, or materials inserted into tissue for functional, cosmetic, or therapeutic effect. Prostheses can be functional (artificial arms and legs), or cosmetic (artificial eye).
Glossary: artificial hand