• Question: Who came up with the idea of making artificial body parts?

    Asked by 565artc49 to Andrew, Lizzie, Sonia on 24 Jun 2015.
    • Photo: Elizabeth Kapasa

      Elizabeth Kapasa answered on 24 Jun 2015:

      I guess its hard to pinpoint who had the first idea of making an artificial body part unless they wrote it down or made something. The artificial body zone homepage is right that the Egyptians made prosthesis and I think they made gold teeth too!

    • Photo: Andrew Phillips

      Andrew Phillips answered on 24 Jun 2015:

      Great question – in terms of implants that go inside the body there are a few surgeons who also had pretty good engineering knowledge who were amongst the pioneers. These days it is more likely to be teams of engineers and surgeons working together to address a particular problem.