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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Wheelchair with writing desk Wheelchair with writing desk (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

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19th-century improvements

Throughout the 1800s, the wheelchair began to shape into its current form, allowing users to wheel themselves along independently. Wheelchair designers began to use hollow rubber wheels and incorporate features for both comfort and function, like writing desks.

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