Making Hands

Making Hands

A History of Prosthetic Arms

1st Edition - October 20, 2021

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  • Author: Peter Kyberd
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128205440
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128205457

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Making Hands: The Design and Use of Upper Extremity Prosthetics provides a historical account of the development of upper extremity prostheses. It describes different aspects surrounding the development of key elements of mechanisms and control, for prosthetic hands and arms, and includes biographical sketches of some key contributors. The field is broad and uses knowledge from a wide range of disciplines. Sections cover the background to give researchers and professionals what they need to learn about adjacent fields. The author's expertise on the control of prostheses makes this a very comprehensive resource on the topic.

Key Features

    • Covers research and technological innovation in the development of upper limb prostheses
    • Introduces upper limb prosthetics from the different perspectives of biology, engineering, clinical practice and industry
    • Discusses innovations of the recent decades, rapid manufacture, the 'citizen engineer', and how these things may shape prosthetics in the future


    Biomedical engineers, prosthetists, and occupational therapists

    Table of Contents

    • 1. Introduction
      2. Artificial arms
      3. The hand
      4. History of upper limb prostheses
      5. Body powered prostheses
      6. Externally powered prostheses
      7. A tale of two elbows
      8. The Edinburgh arm and the i-Limb hand
      9. Otto Bock
      10. Prosthetics in the United Kingdom
      11. Research in Sweden
      12. Limbs from the Windy City
      13. Prosthetics research in Canada
      14. Prosthetics in the twenty first century

    Product details

    • No. of pages: 388
    • Language: English
    • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
    • Published: October 20, 2021
    • Imprint: Academic Press
    • Paperback ISBN: 9780128205440
    • eBook ISBN: 9780128205457

    About the Author

    Peter Kyberd

    From 1990, Peter Kyberd worked at the Oxford Orthopaedic Engineering Centre, at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre a hospital in Oxford, UK. From 2003 to 2015 he was Canada Research Chair at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada, a world leading centre in Upper Limb Prosthetics. He returned to the UK to be head of Engineering Science, at Greenwich University and is now at Portsmouth University.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Head, School of Energy and Electronic Engineering, University of Portsmouth, UK

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