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Who are Ambroise Pare and Pieter Verduyn?

Ambroise Pare, a French military doctor in the early part of the 16th century, is known widely for his work with amputation techniques. He contributed some of the first major advances in prosthetics. For instance, he invented prosthetic legs that had such advances as locking knees and specialized attachment harnesses. He also invented a hinged mechanical hand.

Pieter Verduyn was a Dutch surgeon, who around 1690, developed a lower leg which had specialized hinges and a leather cuff, which improved its attachment to the body.

Many of the advances contributed by these two doctors are features that are still used on today's prosthetic devices.

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