Published on the Minnesota Historical Societies’ Blog, MNOPEDIA, last week, R.L. Cartwright reported the fascinating and rich history of artificial limb manufacturing and patient care in Minneapolis.
A combination of dangerous activities following the Civil War, including logging, milling, farming, and railroad development led to a significant demand for and early advancements in the manufacturing of artificial limbs (prostheses or prosthetic devices) for amputees.
One such pioneer in the artificial limb fabrication and patient care (prosthetics) industry from Minneapolis is Winkley Orthotics & Prosthetics; now with 8 locations across Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Today, there are more than 20 orthotic & prosthetic service providers, operating one or more patient care facilities around the state of Minnesota.
Read the full-text article, Artificial Limb Industry in Minneapolis (link), on the Minnesota Historical Society website.