Artificial arms, Roehampton, England, 1957-1967
A young child with no lower arms used this pair of lightweight arms. It consists of plastic sockets attached to rotating and flexing elbow units. These are freed or locked by loosening or tightening a side screw. A pair of dolls hands is also attached. Queen Mary's Hospital in Roehampton, Surrey, is part of the NHS Trust who donated this prosthesis. The hospital was established as a specialist centre for fitting prosthetic limbs during the First World War. It is still an important centre for limb manufacture and fitting. It was made by artificial limb manufacturing company Steeper during the early 1960s.
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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 arm