Friday, July 27, 2007

Mummies' Fake Toes Could Be First Prosthetics

Mummies' Fake Toes Could Be First Prosthetics

July 27, 2007— National Geographic News
When this mummy lived, she was able to walk like an Egyptian—thanks to a false toe.
The toe, made of wood and leather, may be the world's earliest known functional prosthetic, experts say.
The current earliest known prosthesis is an artificial leg found in Italy that dates back to 300 B.C. That's several hundred years younger than the Egyptian toe, which dates to between 1000 and 600 B.C.
A woman between 50 and 60 used the well-worn prosthetic, and the amputation site of her toe seems to have healed successfully, Jacky Finch, of the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom, said in a statement.
To see if the toe really works, Finch is gathering a group of volunteers who have lost their right big toes to wear a replica of the Egyptian toe.
Finch will also test a second Egyptian prosthetic toe from the same time period. That toe, made of a sort of papier mache, is on display at the British Museum.
Replicas from both toes will be tested at the Human Performance Laboratory at the nearby University of Salford.
"If we can prove that one or both were functional," Finch said, "then we will have pushed back prosthetic medicine by as much as 700 years."

—Christine Dell'Amore


javieth said...

I the toes take care, so i usually like to be aware about the take care of the toes and i like to read about it. I´m sure the toes is the sexiest part of our body. I usually like to touch the toes of my body, it say the massage can exited the man. but now he to buy viagra and his mood has been an amazing change.

Melinda said...

I don't think that being fake toes I think that's real, maybe scientists want to hide us the truth, by the way I've heard that people in that time used a medicine which works similar to the Generic Viagra, actually they used some ingredients are being used nowadays.

Murcha said...

This is a really interesting stuff. I have a fake right nipple and I should admit at the beginning was so difficult because my friends laughing of me, but now I can say I'm a normal person, specially since I began to buy viagra due to the fact my "malformation" is less noticeable.