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Inside the Science of the Engineered Human

The must-read summary of “The Body Builder: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human” by Adam Piore.

Summary & study guide - the body builders

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The must-read summary of “The Body Builder: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human” by Adam Piore. 

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Genre: STUDY AIDS / Study Guides

Secondary Genre: SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience

Language: English

Keywords: biomedical engineering, bioengineering, biomedical informatics, lab dynamics, esthetics, creativity, intuition

Word Count: 17,800

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Biophysicist Hugh Herr was a climbing prodigy who started climbing when he was seven. He conquered the Super Crack—the hardest climb in the Northeast—when he was seventeen. No wonder people called him “the Boy Wonder.”

In January 1982, Herr set out with his partner, Jeff Batzer, to ascend Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. They were 1,100 feet below the summit when the weather shifted. They became disoriented during a blizzard. A one-day excursion turned into a three-day ordeal. They both suffered hypothermia and frostbite when the rescuers found them. Doctors had to amputate both of Herr’s legs below the knee.

Herr’s first prosthetic legs were stiff and uncomfortable. He started experimenting with them and tweaking them for climbing walls. By the summer of 1982, he was rock climbing again with the new prostheses.

But even with his new design, Herr’s prostheses caused painful chafing as he walked, because the prostheses lacked the natural cushioning provided by the tendons of the ankles and feet. So Herr decided to make a leg that wouldn’t hurt so much. Batzer introduced him to a prosthetist named Barry Gosthnian, who agreed to help. That fall, Herr enrolled at Millersville University. By the time he graduated, Herr shared a patent with Gosthnian for a cushioned socket with inflatable bladders to cut down on the painful chafing caused by the prostheses. After graduation, Herr pursued a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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