Modern skill has brought no more useful aid to humanity than the artificial limb, or.prosthesis, which transforms a helpless dependent into a useful member of society. The modern limb maker is a highly skilled artisan who is eager to aid the surgeon in the rehabilitation of his patient. He belongs to an old and honorable guild with a record of fine service and with a high code of ethics, designed to prevent exploitation of the handicapped by the unscrupulous. Such a code of ethics is subscribed to by the Association of Limb Manufacturers of America. This organization is doing a splendid work through its educational and research program in advancing knowledge and skill in the manufacture and fitting of artificial limbs.
It should be the responsibility of the surgeon to. advise the patient as to his permanent prosthesis and to supervise the fitting of the appliance. Many otherwise competent surgeons,
THOMAS A. THE PERMANENT PROSTHESIS. JAMA. 1944;124(15):1044–1047. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850150024005
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