Amputation is a disability that grabs one's attention. While advances in prosthetic design may promote episodic media attention, the evolution of prosthetic design and engineering is inspiring. However, as a physician who has focused his career on the treatment of persons with limb loss and as a scientist who is trying to develop the next generation of artificial limbs, I am deeply aware that the most important aspect of recovery from amputation is the psychological adjustment of my patients.
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