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Artificial right arm, United Kingdom, 1914-1918

Each of 41,000 British soldiers who lost a limb during the First World War was entitled to a prosthetic replacement. This arm was made for a man who had his arm amputated above the elbow. When a wire passing through the forearm is pulled, the fingers of the hand extend. The arm and the hand were designs by a prosthetic manufacturer called Prosthesia Ltd. The arm is secured to the shoulder by four straps and a figure-of-eight harness.

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Glossary: prostheses

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 arm

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