April 1973

Surgeons and Amputations

Author Affiliations

Racine, WI

Arch Surg. 1973;106(4):611. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350160223041

To the Editor.—I suggest the title of the September 1972 editorial, "The Vascular Surgeon and Amputation" be changed to "The Surgeon and Amputation." Dr. Friedmann's emphasis on rehabilitation is laudable–his inference that a low enrollment of vascular surgeons in prosthetic clinic postgraduate courses represents benightedness and disinterest of vascular surgeons in rehabilitation is misleading. Greater enrollment of orthopedists than vascular surgeons in prosthetic clinic postgraduate courses is likely due to several factors. Publicity for the courses is primarily directed at orthopedists. New York University and Northwestern University send announcements to over 10,000 orthopedists but do not have a mailing list for vascular surgeons. The greater enrollment of orthopedists may reflect greater interest in personally applying the rigid dressing. The modern prosthetist can apply the rigid dressing as well as the prosthesis, and perhaps this is appropriate at a time of increasing emphasis on shifting work from an overburdened medical

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