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February 1955


AMA Am J Dis Child. 1955;89(2):137-143. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1955.02050110179001

THE JUVENILE amputee has been afforded much interest in the past few years. Society has realized that children as a population percentage group have become victims of mechanization as well as the adult. Functional rehabilitation is now a byword in industry. Communities and organizations sponsor and maintain rehabilitation work shops and training centers for the handicapped.

The child amputee, as a segment of the population and an important potential in the coming generation, must be rehabilitated.

The contributions of orthopedic surgeons, technical skills of the physical and occupational therapists, and the rapid advances in the prosthetic field have allowed many congenitally handicapped children to anticipate competition with their normal brethern in the fields of economic endeavor. Many juvenile amputees have a greater economic potential than the child with cerebral palsy or the severely paralyzed postpoliomyelitis victim.

The child is a plastic growing human with a progressively developing skeleton and a