YORICK, The Bionic Skeleton

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Yorick is a plastic male skeleton imbedded with electronic and mechanical devices used to replace worn body parts. Yorick was created by Ed Mueller, an engineer in the Division of Mechanical and Material Sciences at the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in Washington, D.C.
Yorick often made appearances at schools, Scout meetings, and hospitals to educate students about bionics and current research on implant design development.
Some of the devices implanted in Yorick are: cranial plate, silicone nose, carbon tooth root, interocular lens, cochlear implant, heart valve, artificial heart, cardiac pacemaker, infusion port, vascular grafts, urinary sphincter prosthesis, artificial patella, bone plate, artificial tendons, bone growth stimulator, and artificial hip, knee, elbow, and finger joints.
Currently not on view
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Mueller, Edward
Physical Description
synthetic polymers, plastic and rubber (overall material)
metals, titanium and stainless steel (overall material)
synthetic polyester fiber, dacron (overall material)
overall: 164 cm x 36.5 cm x 21.5 cm; 64 9/16 in x 14 3/8 in x 8 15/32 in
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Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services
Artificial Organs
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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