FOR CRIPPLED SOLDIERS
SUPPLY OF ARTIFICIAL LIMBS
On the subject of supplying artificial limbs to returned soldier* in need of such aids, the Inspector General of Hospitals (Dr, Valintine) has made the following statement: —'"New Zea • land soldiers who are wounded in Egypt or in any part of the theatre of war, and whose injuries necflssitatß the amputation of an arm or leg, will be sent to England, where thoy will be supplied with artificial limbs of the very best kind. It is a great advan« tage to firms manufacturing artificial limbs to be able to see the patients themselpef, and the sufferers who have not ihe opportunity of going to Eng land are certainly handicapped It i-» for that very reason that it is essential to have some firm here which could make suitable limbs; and though these limbs may not be quite up to the quality of the limbs which can be got at Home, that would be compeu sated for by the fact that tbe firm here can see tbe patients for them selves. I take a keen interest in this question, and am very anxious to get a firm out here which can do the woik thoroughly satisfactorily. Sample limbs of tbe best, quality have been supplied to a firm in Auckland - Wise man and Go.—and they are confident, they, oen ~mike limbs similar to the pattern supplied. If they can do so, and I certainly think they oan, a!i though the finieh may not he quite so good as those made at Home, it will be a good thing. And as I say, th? fact that tbe mea can go to the man a faoturers and get properly fitred is a very great point - more than inakir.g up for lack of finish In the mean time, 1 do not think it would be worth while sending men Home from New Zealand if they can be fitted here. Jf, however, I find that the limbs mada in New Zealand arp not good enough, I will rernommend tbe Government to send the men to England to be attended to theie. The Government has agreed to give those men needing them, two sets. Unless | the men get properly fitted here I will I not pass them, and I have so informed the manufactures. The firm I have | referred to is quiet willing to take the' risk. Of course, they will not be able i to make anything like tbe Game arm.' We will have to send men Home to ba fitted with these arm?. If you for ward measnrements4o the manufao turers for artificial limbs, tbe result is usuall very satisfactory. The New Zealand firm I have referred to i 3 well known, employs skilled me chanics, and ha 3 already done such work satisfactorily for Auckland medical men who have been consulted by tbe Department." I It may be explained that the Oarne arm is an American patent, and very wonderful results have been obtained Five men were sent to England by the j Mabeno on her latest return voyage j in order that they may be supplied with Game arms at Home.
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FOR CRIPPLED SOLDIERS, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3545, 12 May 1916
FOR CRIPPLED SOLDIERS Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3545, 12 May 1916
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