Photo: Soldiers of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division salute the American flag as The Star-Spangled Banner is played during their departure ceremony at historic Fort Snelling May 22, 2011 ( courtesy of The U.S. Army)
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Matthew Baum, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
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Hugh Herr was a teenaged rock-climbing star when he lost his legs below the knees, then built prosthetics to help him walk and climb even more efficiently. Lee Spievack was able to regrow his finger with part of a pig’s bladder. Pat Fletcher lost her eyesight in a grenade factory explosion, then learned to see with her ears, with the help of a special machine. They’re all part of Adam Piore’s new book “The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human.”
Hugh Herr was a teen rock-climbing star when he lost his legs below the knee. He started tinkering with prosthetics, and created limbs that would help him climb even more efficiently. Herr is part of Adam Piore’s book “The Body Builders” (Photo courtesy of Lindsey Reynolds)
Adam Piore is author of the new book “The Body Builders” (Photo courtesy of Harper Collins)
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