June 1971

Amputees and Their Prostheses.

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By Mohinder A Mital, MD and Donald S Pierce, MD. Price, $13.50. Pp 224. Publisher: Little Brown & Co, 34 Beacon St, Boston 02106, 1971.

Arch Surg. 1971;102(6):634. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350060098031

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This book makes a major contribution in that it provides information to the surgeon that enables him to prescribe the prosthesis, to "check out" the prosthesis when delivered, and to anticipate and combat common problems that arise from it later on. It is based on an extensive experience in the Amputation Clinic at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Authority is given by background statistics from that clinic. They are impressive, but make one wish for more, such as the frequency of the various complications, and the number of limbs ordered and of what kind.

The authors properly make a distinction between the "old days" in lower extremity amputation surgery and modern times when immediate casting and early walking have represented a great advance. Some might think that they should have pressed the point of modernity harder. There is insufficient emphasis on shortened hospital stays and on saving the knee joint, matters

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