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October 1984

Skin Problems of the Amputee

Author Affiliations

Nashville, Tenn

Arch Dermatol. 1984;120(10):1387. doi:10.1001/archderm.1984.01650460131042

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This is a well-organized book that introduces the anatomy, dynamics, and diseases of lower limb function due to both above-knee and below-knee amputations. The author discusses factors present in the skin and subcutaneous tissue that affect the interaction with the prosthesis at the various levels of amputation. Stump problems and explanations, especially the appendices, are offered as useful hints for diagnosis and treatment. It is clear that the author has had past experience in this area. For example, the section on special effects of the prosthesis on the underlying skin is excellent. Major disorders of stump dysfunction, mechanical injury, contact dermatitis, circulatory disorders and inclusion cysts, and so on, are discussed in great detail and helpful suggestions for treatment presented. Other, less common problems, including infections, neoplasms, and unusual dermatoses are also described. The text is simply written, with clear illustrations and numerous good quality color illustrations. This slim volume

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