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  • 2006 - Donald MacKillop, a Scotsman who lost his right hand over 30 years before, becomes the first recipient of an i-LIMB hand. What made the iLIMB unique were the five motors that powered the fingers individually. Standard prosthetic hands consisted of a thumb and two fingers, creating a claw-like grip.[2]


Deaths

  • 1590 - Ambrose Pare - French surgeon. Pare is considered the "Father of Surgery". He is known for introducing amputation as a life-saving tehnique and for the introduction of ligatures.[3]
  • 1886 - Johann Friedrich Horner - Ophthalmologist, first to describe eye disorder (small pupil, droopy eyelid) later to be called "Horner's syndrome".


References

  1. "National Technical Institute for the Deaf Timeline." RIT's 175th Anniversary website. Rochester Institute of Technology. 2004. Accessed on March 18, 2008.
  2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6193681.stm
  3. "Ambrose Pare." California and Western Medicine. May 1925. Accessed on March 8, 2008.