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Prosthetic toe earliest artificial body part

Discussion in 'General Issues and Discussion Forum' started by Mark Russell, Jul 27, 2007.

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  2. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member

    Mark

    An artificial big toe in antiquity may have been put to less pedestrian purpose.

    :)

    Have a good one
    toeslayer
     
  3. Johnpod

    Johnpod Active Member

    So, there we have it - the true origin of the term 'Cairopodist' ;)
     
  4. Scorpio622

    Scorpio622 Active Member

    One more quip like that and you will be locked-up in the punitentiary :p
     
  5. Johnpod

    Johnpod Active Member

    I want my mummy!
     
  6. Psycho

    Psycho Member

    I recently published an article in the Birmingham Egyptology,2006,vol.1,issue1,giving a podiatric perspective on this prosthesis, to put this into its historical context I will provide some of the details of the find.
    In 2002, members of the Egyptian-German mission working in the Qurna area of the Theban West Bank made the discovery. It was made in the accumulated debris in the rock cut shaft of the New Kingdom tomb of Mery, a priest of Amun in the reign of Amenothep II. However, the tomb was reused for the burial of nobles of the late Twentieth and early Twenty-first Dynasties and the opinion at the time-as reported in Al Ahram issue 599,-was that the artificial toe belonged to a high ranking Theban lady of that period.
    I consider that the lady did walk with this prosthesis in place, which resulted in the wear marks to the plantar surface of the prosthesis. But, without functionality to aid her walking, I believe the cosmetic qualities of were the prime commodity addressing her psychosocial needs and the religious burial requirements that were expected during her lifetime.

    Perhaps there is an opportunity here for a new discipline, PALEOPODIATRY, a new branch of paleopathology,”…examines the evolution and progress of disease through long periods of time and looks how humans adapted to changes in their environment.” [Roberts,C. Manchester,K. (2005)The Archaeology of Disease.3rd edition.Sutton Publishing].
     
  7. Cameron

    Cameron Well-Known Member

    Very interesting Physcho, I thought it may have been a cosmesis and not a prosthesis.

    The ancient Egyptians were fascinated with feet and shoes.

    toeslayer
     
  8. Psycho

    Psycho Member

    If you are interested in ancient archaeological and anthropological resources I do have a blog that you may find of interest

    http://paleopodiatry.blogspot.com/

    psycho
     
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    Psycho Member

    Thanks for the promotion I will recipricate

    Roger
     
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    Biomechanical Assessment of Two Artificial Big Toe Restorations From Ancient Egypt and Their Significance to the History of Prosthetics
    Finch, Jacqueline Louise PhD; Heath, Glyn Harvey PhD; David, Ann Rosalie OBE, PhD, FRSA; Kulkarni, Jai MA, FRCP
    Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics: October 2012 - Volume 24 - Issue 4 - p 181–191
     
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    Egyptian toe tests show they're likely to be the world's oldest prosthetics
     
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