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Advances in Prosthetics

Monday, May 12, 2008Advances in Prosthetics

The history of prosthetics begins in ancient civilizations with the use of simple wooden crutches. Today, we live in a world of micro-compressors and vacuum technology where prosthetics can be used for not only arms and legs but also to improve damaged nervous systems and replace heart valves. As prosthetic technology advances, how are the lives of amputees affected? Or can the average amputee even afford very basic prosthetics in light of modern insurance caps? And what about amputee athletes? Do new prosthetic limbs give them an advantage? Join us on Monday as we speak with our experts about the Advances in Prosthetics. Today's show is an archive edition, so we won't be taking phone calls.

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