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September 1971

Myoplastic Amputation, Immediate Prosthesis and Early Ambulation.

Arch Surg. 1971;103(3):426. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350090108030

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This book is by the dynamic chief of the Department of Rehabilitation at Konstancin-Warsaw, the man who first popularized the immediate postoperative prosthetic fitting technique, but whose writings have previously been difficult of access for American authors.

It is a stimulating book. A strong case is made for the use of myoplasty. Considerable space is devoted to its techniques and to objective evaluations by means of electromyograms and angiograms.

All aspects of lower extremity amputation surgery are, however, covered (upper extremity is not dealt with). Indications, operative techniques, immediate postoperative plaster, temporary limbs, permanent limbs, details of rehabilitation techniques, psychological studies, studies on energy consumption, and many other aspects are gone into in detail. One of the strongest parts of the book is the section on the history of early ambulation after amputation. This and the other scholarly subjects are documented with about 400 references. Since the majority of these

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