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Girolamo Cardano (1501-1576) was the first physician to recognize the ability of the deaf to reason.


Gotz von Berlichingen, German mercenary knight, had a reputation as a Robin Hood, protecting the peasants from their oppressors. In 1508 he lost his right arm in the Battle of Landshut. Gotz had two prosthetic iron hands made for himself. These were mechanical masterpieces. Each joint could be moved independently by setting with the sound hand and relaxed by a release and springs. The hand could pronate and supinate and was suspended with leather straps.


Lasso, a Spanish lawyer, concluded that those who learn to speak are no longer dumb and should have rights to progeniture.


G. Bonifacio published a treatise discussing sign language, "Of The Art of Signs."


Pieter Andriannszoon Verduyn (verduuin), a Dutch Surgeon, introduces the first non-locking, below knee prosthesis. It bears a striking similarity to today's joint and corset prosthesis.

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