20 February 2008

An artificial big toe

And speaking of feet... one doesn't have to be a physical therapist or an orthopod to appreciate the artifact illustrated here. It's a prosthetic big toe on the foot of a mummy in the Cairo Museum. Made of linen, glue, and plaster, the toe shows signs of wear, suggesting that it was functional rather than just decorative. Researchers in Great Britain are recruiting volunteers who have had toe amputations, to test replicas of this prosthesis. More details at this link.

Photo credit: Matjaž Kačičnik, via PhysOrg.

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