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  • Keith Armstrong
    Re the first The Times article is incorrect in suggesting there is a representation of a walking frame in Breughel s The Beggars of 1568. Keith ...
    Message 1 of 2 , May 7, 2003
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      Re the first 'The Times' article is incorrect in suggesting there is
      a representation of a walking frame in Breughel's 'The Beggars' of
      1568.

      Keith


      --- In disabilitystudies@yahoogroups.com, "Keith Armstrong"
      <keitharm@p...> wrote:
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      > IN MAY 1954 Physiotherapy, the journal of the Chartered Society of
      > Physiotherapy, published a description of an apparatus to assist
      > walking, designed by a member of the staff at Bromley General
      > Hospital, Norman Metcalfe. One of the first appliances of its type,
      > it was the forerunner of many of today's aids, most visible in
      > the ubiquitous Zimmer frame, whose name has become virtually
      generic
      > for such appliances.
      >
      > Aids to walking for infants and the infirm were not of course a
      20th-
      > century invention. In a painting of 1495 in the Kunsthistorisches
      > Museum, Vienna, Hieronymus Bosch has the Christ-child walking with
      > the aid of a frame, while Pieter Breughel's The Beggars (1568) in
      > the Louvre depicts a wide variety of doubtless home-made
      orthopaedic
      > appliances supplying the deficiencies of amputated or deformed
      limbs
      > exhibited in a crowd of mendicants.
      >
      > But in modern times, Metcalfe's device was one of the earliest in
      > its field designed expressly for use in the home, thus liberating
      the
      > patient from dependence on outside assistance. With it, he had
      > restored in the first instance a degree of mobility to a patient
      who
      > had suffered from the effects of poliomyelitis contracted ten years
      > previously.
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      > <http://www.timesonline.co.uk/section/0,,2713,00.html>
      >
      > April 28, 2003
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