Making Hands: A History of Prosthetic Arms

Peter Kyberd

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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
Drawing on the author’s extensive knowledge and experience of protheses, this book is an invaluable resource for Biomedical Engineers, Prosthetists, and Occupational Therapists.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages388
ISBN (Electronic)9780128205457
ISBN (Print)9780128205440
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2021


  • Prosthetic hands
  • history
  • artificial arms


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