Amputation, Prosthesis Use, and Phantom Limb Pain: An Interdisciplinary Perspective / Edition 1

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Overview

One of the view available books that cover amputation, prosthesis use, and phantom limb pain together, as the intricately related topics that they are. Offers a broad appeal to a varied readership through innovative exploration of the entire process surrounding limb loss and eventual recovery. The book will contain contributions from the fields of anthropology, biomedical engineering, computer science, neuroscience, nursing, prosthetics and orthotics, psychology, and rehabilitative medicine. It will be comprised of three broad interrelated sections. Following an introductory chapter in which the topics and chapters of the book are overviewed, the first section ("Providing and Monitoring the Use of Prostheses") will concentrate on the work of prostheticians and will consist of three chapters. The first of these, written by a clinician responsible for the provision of prosthetics in a large regional area of the UK, will present a range of ethical and medico-legal issues for rehabilitation professionals in the supply and withdrawal of prostheses and assistive technology for people with limb loss or deformity. The second chapter, provided by a prosthetician and prosthetic engineers, will present the development of an innovative computerized technique for monitoring upper limb prosthesis activity. The final chapter in this section is written by an anthropologist, himself an amputee, presenting ethnographic work on how prostheticians and their clients actually "go about" providing artificial limbs. Together these chapters explicate the processes involved in prostheticians' work with clients in a manner which will be of interest to students and professionals from a range of disciplines. Section 2 ("The Experience and Meaning of Prosthesis Use") focuses on the experiences and meanings of prosthesis users themselves. The first of three chapters, written by members of the Dublin Psychoprothetics Group, explores the ways in which people adap

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“The book consists of 12 chapters divided into 3 main sections that outline the multidisciplinary developments in the understanding and treatment of phantom limb pain. Each chapter is well written and provides references to key sources in the field. … This book is written for a variety of professionals and draws attention to the increased need for additional research in the area of phantom limb pain. The book has accomplished its goal of updating current understanding and identifying optimal, multidisciplinary treatments of phantom limb pain.” (Brian M. Kelly, Journal of the American Medical Association, December, 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387874616
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 12/1/2009
  • Edition description: 2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 203
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig Murray is a Senior Lecturer at Lancaster University with research specialization in health, clinical psychology, and embodiment. He has more than 100 journal, book, and conference publications. These include papers in key Health Psychology (British Journal of Health Psychology; Health Informatics; Health Psychology; Health, Risk and Society; Qualitative Health Research, Psychology, Health and Medicine; Social Science and Medicine) Mental Health (Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease; Journal of Mental Health) and Rehabilitation (CyberPsychology and Behavior; Disability and Rehabilitation; International Journal on Disability and Human Development) journal titles. He has published widely on the topic of amputation, prosthesis use and phantom limb pain and led funded research programmes on these topics. This work has received international media attention (including television: Canadian Discovery Channel, Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio and television, and America’s CNN; and press: e.g. The Times, Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, China’s People Daily, Russian Newsweek, New Yorker magazine). He is editor of ‘Psychological Scientific Perspectives on out-of-body experiences’ (2009, Nova Science Publishers, New York).

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Table of Contents

Developing an Interdisciplinary Perspective on Amputation, Prosthesis Use, and Phantom Limb Pain: An Introduction.- Need-Directed Design of Prostheses and Enabling Resources.- Ethical and Medico-Legal Issues in Amputee Prosthetic Rehabilitation.- Monitoring of Upper Limb Prosthesis Activity in Trans-Radial Amputees.- Adaptation to Amputation and Prosthesis Use.- Understanding Adjustment and Coping to Limb Loss and Absence through Phenomenologies of Prosthesis Use.- Return to Work After Amputation.- Gender, Sexuality and Prosthesis Use: Implications for Rehabilitation.- Post Amputation Chronic Pain Profile and Management.- Phantom Limb Pain; Prevalence, Mechanisms and Associated Factors.- Management of Phantom Limb Pain.- Virtual Solutions to Phantom Problems: Using Immersive Virtual Reality to Treat Phantom Limb Pain.

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