Artificial right leg, England, 1914-1918
Each of the 41,000 British servicemen who lost a limb during the First World War were entitled to a prosthetic replacement. Made from wood with leather strapping for the thigh, the leg can bend at the knee or be locked into a straight position. The person wearing the prosthetic limb would have needed support or crutches to move around.
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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 leg
A device, either external or implanted, that substitutes for or supplements a missing or defective part of the body.