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1-legged boy. Neil Gallagher, Wilkes Barre, Pa. 1909
The peg legs used before the artificial leg were more difficult to maneuver with

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The Artificial Leg is Invented
November 4, 1846

Before Palmer invented the artificial leg, people used peg legs like the ones seen in this picture. Do you know anyone with an artificial leg? If so, you would probably see that this invention allows for more normal movement than the peg leg. The artificial leg helps many people to live active lives. Some people with artificial legs compete in athletic events like track and field and marathons. Thankfully, Benjamin Franklin Palmer created and patented his invention, which is still being improved to this day. Do you know what a “patent” is?
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