Cauet artificial hand, United Kingdom, 1914-1918
This hand is made of aluminium with a cork inlay to the front of the finger tips. It can bend at the knuckle joints with the aid of a pull cord, which is attached to the front of the wrist and operated by a shoulder harness. Known as a ‘Cauet hand’ after its designer Philippe Adolphe Cauet, a Frenchman who patented the hand in 1915. It was made by Prosthesia Ltd, one of a number of companies set up during the First World War to meet the demand for artificial limbs.
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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