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October 1971

The Geriatric Amputee: Principles of Management.

Arch Surg. 1971;103(4):519. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1971.01350100117025

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The Committee on Prosthetic-Orthotic Education (CPOE) of the National Academy of Sciences has been toiling during its 25 years of existence to improve the lot of the amputee. By bringing to the professions that care for these patients the latest and most practical techniques and policies of management, much progress has been made. Reports of the committee's activities have appeared in publications (Artificial Limbs and the CPOE Newsletter) which ordinarily do not receive circulation among those who perform the amputations. Furthermore, the CPOE, as well as its sister Committee of the Academy on Prosthetic Research and Development (CPRD), has concerned itself more with rehabilitation after the act of amputation than with indications and operative technique. Since World War II the emphasis has naturally swung to lower extremity amputations in elderly patients. In 1961 CPRD published a manual The Geriatric Amputee which was valuable, compendious, but not easily accessible. The emphasis

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