report gives the detailed results of my research on the development of the
Mechanized Artificial Limbs, and the continued adoption of this innovation. The
research was conducted through intensive consultation of the manufacturers’
publications, the reports on the innovations, the reviews of the technology, and
articles from the internet.
Artificial Limbs or the prosthesis is a development that is aimed at restoring
the normal function of the limbs. They are the mechanical devices that help the
amputees to walk again or continue to use the two hands.
Mechanized Artificial Limbs have been in use since the ancient times, and the
most notable one is the peg leg. However, the procedure for the surgical
amputation was no well successful at around 600 BC. The first sophisticated prosthesis
was created by Armorers using strong, heavy and inflexible iron to make the
limbs that the amputee could scarcely control. Most of the changes happened in
the 19th century, and was initiated by the amputees themselves J.E
Hanger, an engineering student who lost his leg during the civil war. He
designed an artificial leg for himself, and in 1861, he founded a company that
began to manufacture the Mechanized Artificial Limbs. This company exists until
today. In 1909, D.W Dorrence invented a device that would be used in the place
of the hand, after losing his arm in an accident, and was not happy with the
prosthetic arms available then ( Fischmann, 2014). The most remarkable development of the 20th
century was the myoelectric prosthetic limbs. This development involved use of
the electric signals from the muscles in the arm of the patient in moving the
limb. In recent years, computers have been used in fitting the amputees with the
Mechanized Artificial Limbs.
involves a permanent disfiguration. For many people, to get the pain relief of
an infected limb through amputation has been a welcome. However, the resentment
by some people is usually understandable. Despite the modern Mechanized
Artificial Limbs, there are some adaptations that are required, and people vary
in terms of their ability in adjusting to the body change and lifestyle. The
technology has enabled many people to continue with their normal
responsibilities because the artificial limbs work normally.