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Dr. Gustave Gingras - Artificial Hand
Lauren Flemingon 11 October 2012
Transcript of Dr. Gustave Gingras - Artificial Hand
career begin?.. Reasoning for going... When Dr. Gustave Gingras completed his studies, war was happening over in Europe. He took and internship in neurosurgery there. He worked at the Hospital in Basingstoke, England. He said "Working closely with such dedicated professionals was the best medical training of my career," Born... Dr. Gingras was born on
January 18th 1918. He was born in Montreal Quebec. Schooling... He studied medicine at the Université de Montréal. He then completed his BA at College Bourget in Rigaud, Quebec. In 1942, he joined the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and served during World War II. There, he studied neurosurgery as an intern at the Canadian Neurosurgical and Plastic Surgery Hospital in Basingstoke. It started as he saw soldiers being wounded. There wounds were paraplegic and quadriplegia impairments.Which means to be paralyzed on the lower limbs or from the neck down. He felt sorry as they were expected to spend the rest of their lives as invalids. This is what stimulated his career, helping people with disabilities to accomplish what they intended to do in life. Sources... Disaster in Morocco In 1959, a mysterious disease struck in the Moroccan city. Eventually it was discovered that the paralysis affecting as many as 10,000 Moroccans had been caused by motor oil sold and consumed as cooking oil. There was no known cure except to retrain damaged muscles. Called for help, Gingras enabled 8,000 of the victims to make a full recovery. Dr. Gustave Gingras had helped the disabled in many ways. although one of his inventions was the artificial hand. It operated on what was called ¨muscle electricity.¨. Which means... When muscles contract, tiny electrical pulses are emitted and it is possible to amplify and exploit these impulses to make an artificial limb preform. The man who was put to test with this invention was named Pierre Provencier, tragically he had lost both of his hands in an explosion but due to the artificial hand he could mend his clothes with a needle and thread, build model airplanes.. The artificial hand... http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/physicians/030002-2200-e.html