Invention of the Wheelchair

True to its name, the original wheelchair prototype only had one wheel.

Several hospitals in March of 1910 agreed to use the prototype at their facilities to see how effective the wheelchair might be. After the conditions of all the 32 patients who used the prototype began to worsen dramatically, the hospital staff began to suspect their one-wheeled assistant – the wheelchair. Patients simply were not able to balance correctly if they were to have casts on one side of their body or if they were recovering from an amputation.

It wasn’t until 1932 when hospitals began to accept the wheelchair as we know it today.

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3 Responses to “Invention of the Wheelchair”


  1. 1 treadmarkz May 19, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Is this a joke? Were people that stupid? One wheel? How impractical is that? So it took 22 years after that for people to realize that people who needed a wheelchair had more to worry about than trying to balance themselves on one wheel, huh?

  2. 2 treadmarkz July 16, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Hey Dave, if you like this you may like another wheelchair related history segment on a blog. It is at

    http://treadmarkz.wordpress.com/2008/07/10/a-time-machine-with-hand-controls-episode-v-lets-get-biblicalbiblical-jerusalem-30-ad/

    Its kind of a trip through time in a wheelchair

  3. 3 B. Martinez August 5, 2008 at 8:54 am

    this Post still makes me laugh every time I read it!


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