Improving Mobility - Walking aids and prostheses in the Middle Ages
Daire O Lochlainn
Instructor's Kingdom: Avacal, Time Zone: MST
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Knowne World Sciences Symposium
Trauma, judicial amputation, disease, or congenital disorder; there were many ways that the people of the Middle Ages could become limited or restricted in their physical mobility. A brief exploration of these mechanisms of impediment will be followed by a (roughly) chronological survey of a number of period illustrations of 'crutches' and prostheses. Replicas of some of the 'peasant' aids will be presented and discussed. Finally, the genesis of the 'modern' prosthesis will be introduced through the work of Ambroise Paré (c. 1510-1590).
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