From wooden to wondrous: The technology of wheelchairs
As medical science improves so many facets of our lives, the humble but vital wheelchair also advances.
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The Bath chair
Fast forward to the 18th century, when the Bath wheelchair was invented by John Dawson of Bath, England, in 1783. Featuring two large wheels and a smaller one in the front, the chair could only be moved by someone pushing from behind by hand. The Bath chair was used to transport both affluent, able-bodied people and those with disabilities.