So Fucking Cool: Artificial Limb from 1800s Fully Articulates, Looks for Sarah Connor

From the Science Museum comes an amazing example of mid-nineteenth century medical prosthesis: a fully articulated artifical arm made of steel and brass.

From the website:

“Made from steel and brass, this unusual prosthetic arm articulates in a number of ways. The elbow joint can be moved by releasing a spring, whereas the top joint of the wrist allows a degree of rotation and an up-and-down motion. The fingers can also curl up and straighten out. The leather upper arm piece is used to fix the prosthesis to the remaining upper arm. The rather sinister appearance of the hand suggests the wearer may have disguised it with a glove. Among the most common causes of amputation throughout the 1800s were injuries received as a result of warfare.”

So basically what they’re saying is if you were lucky enough to survive losing an arm in the Civil War, you’d get a terminator worthy prosthetic arm of awesomeness. Suck it Steam-punk nerds, this shizzle is fo’ realz.

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~ by K. Ritcheson on August 30, 2010.

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