From microchips to brain-controlled prostheses, medical technology and robotics are merging to create a new generation of prosthetic devices. "In some discussions with the international standard-setting body for prosthetics, there is talk of no longer speaking of prosthetic arms but of wearable robotic devices," said Robert Jaeger, of the Veterans Health Administration Office of Research & Development. The author traces the long history of artificial limbs from archaeological finds to a listing of today's state-of-the-art advances.

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