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April 19, 1958

Artificial Limbs

JAMA. 1958;166(16):2097. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990160155031

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The author has produced an extensive work on the postoperative management of the amputee, including preparation for limb fitting, description of procedures for limb fitting, training of the amputee, and, finally, his vocational and social rehabilitation. The author emphasizes the physician's responsibility in guiding and working with the other members of the team as essential in attaining maximal rehabilitation. The sections pertaining to postoperative exercise programs and training for persons with lower extremity amputations are complete and practical. The training of those with upper extremity amputations in England is assumed to be the duty of the limb fitter. The advisability of this arrangement may be questioned. The sections on the construction and fitting of artificial limbs for the upper and lower extremities deal primarily with the techniques used in England and especially at Queen Mary's Hospital. The limbs, elbow and knee mechanisms, foot and ankle mechanisms, and terminal hooks and

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