- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: November 23, 1998
In Medieval times, a person needing an amputation would have the limb crushed by large pliers, sawed off, and the stump cauterized by being dipped in boiling oil. There are no records of any of the (few) survivors being fitted with artificial limbs of any sort.
Yet centuries before, in Ancient Rome, well-crafted, aesthetically-pleasing prosthetic limbs (and less barbarous surgical practices) were the norm. MODERN MARVELS® chronicles the fascinating history of artificial limbs through interviews with modern surgeons, engineers, medical historians and countless historic and ancient artifacts and documents. Discover how the Civil War made prosthetics a growth industry and spurred remarkable developments, and see fascinating collections of artificial limbs. Hear from amputees who use revolutionary prosthetics that not only imitate the function of real limbs, but return some feeling as well. And see incredible false limbs produced by artisans of the past, such as the hand of a 16th century knight that allowed him to wield his sword and shield!
PROSTHETICS is a compelling look at man's efforts to make replacement parts for the human body.