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Clausen F. England

Clausen F. England

In this undated photograph, Clausen F. England is shown here fitting and building artificial limbs and braces for persons who needed them in order to lead a normal life. The making of the first prosthetics at Bowman Gray School of Medicine began in 1958 by William Hancock who was a member of a new service clinic opened for amputees. Prosthetics, which is the making of artificial limbs and orthotics, the making of braces, was a unit of the section on orthopedics at the medical school. In August 1969 a special laboratory was opened across the street from the hospital at 1911 Beach street, as a place to make these products. England was the second maker of the prosthetics and orthotics at the school. In 1971, he was named director of a five-day postgraduate course, designed for vocational rehabilitation counselors, and continued to be the limb maker.

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  1. This is my Granddad.

  2. This man was my father-in-law. He was the first man to do an immediate fitting (where the limb is fitted in the O R at the time of amputation). He spent two tears on the traveling hospital ship Hope teaching other and was a full professor at NYU. His son Michael carries on the family tradition in Gadsden, AL.

  3. My father, Leonard Mashburn, worked with Mr. England at Birmingham Limb & Brace after World War II. I think they both hailed from St. Clair County, Alabama. In fact, I recall being at the England home on the occasion of his mother’s death. The viewing took place at the house, not at a funeral home. Mr. England’s daughter Kay and I were the same age, and would have gone to school together but the Englands moved from Odenville in 1966.

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