Modular Concepts in Prosthetics/Orthotics

  • D. S. McKenzie


The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines a module as ‘standard, unit, for measuring; (archit.): unit of length for expressing proportions, usu. semidiameter of column at base’. In prosthetics/orthotics, as indeed in many other engineering fields, we use the word to denote a component or subassembly of a whole product, each module being complete in itself and attached to adjacent modules at a standard interface by releasable fastenings. It is therefore a misnomer and perhaps ‘unitary construction’ would be a better term. By whatever the name, it was evident that a prosthetic system of this sort could provide a solution for the most pressing problem of the British Limb Service, namely the unacceptably long time taken to make and to repair limbs.


Capital Expenditure Modular System Adjacent Module Modular Concept Unitary Construction 
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© Bioengineering Unit, University of Strathclyde 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. S. McKenzie
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  1. 1.Biomechanics Research and Development UnitRoehamptonLondonEngland

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