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April 2, 1955

Human Limbs and Their Substitutes: Presenting Results of Engineering and Medical Studies of the Human Extremities and Application of the Data to the Design and Fitting of Artificial Limbs and to the Care and Training of Amputees

JAMA. 1955;157(14):1262. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950310088025

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This is one of the best books published on prostheses. There has been a great need for an adequate description of prosthetic limbs and particularly one that is complete and up-to-date. This book satisfies this requirement. The general outline of the book is exceedingly well done. Practically each chapter is a monograph within itself, and the detailed drawings and photographs add much to the value of the volume. This book is timely, particularly in its first half, which deals with the newer concept of upper extremity prostheses. Prior to 10 years ago upper extremity prostheses were of little functional value. Through the research work conducted by the National Research Council, the Committee on Artificial Limbs, the Veterans Administration, and the University of California at Los Angeles, to mention only a few, the upper extremity prosthetic program has been given great impetus. The value of teamwork in the approach to the

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