Clinical and Biomechanical Aspects of Current Prosthetic Practice

  • George Murdoch
  • John Hughes


The earliest recorded instance of prosthetic replacement is described by Herodotus referring to Hegosistratus who, when imprisoned and condemned to death in 484 b.c. escaped by cutting off the foot by which he was secured in the stocks. He subsequently fashioned himself a wooden foot with which functional replacement he served as a soothsayer to the Persian Army until he was recaptured and executed by the Spartans: an event which suggests that Hegosistratus would have been better employed as a limb fitter than a soothsayer and also underlines the inevitable retribution wrought by a frustrated administration.


Clinic Team Artificial Limb Biomechanical Aspect Modular Assembly Modular Prosthesis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Murdoch
    • 1
  • John Hughes
    • 2
  1. 1.Dundee Limb-Fitting CentreDundeeScotland
  2. 2.University of StrathclydeGlasgowScotland

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