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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward Abraham, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This book deals with the treatment of the patient requiring amputation surgery and prosthesis use of the upper extremity.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the rehabilitation protocols for the management of upper extremity amputees. To this end the author's objectives are met.
Audience: The book is written mainly for physiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, prosthetists and other medical professionals caring for amputees. The editors are fully qualified to write on this subject. Robert H. Meier III, MD, is director, Amputee Services of America and manager, the ARMteam North Valley Outpatient Rehabilitation in Thornton, Colorado. Diane J. Artkins, OTR, is clinical assistant professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine.
Features: The book is divided into six sections covering surgical aspects of arm amputation, comprehensive management of the arm amputee, prosthetic restoration, pediatric amputee outcomes and trends. A very thorough history is presented in the first chapter. A section on limb salvage and reconstruction is very well covered. However, several of the numerous and pertinent photos are below average in quality. The book needs a separate chapter on the painful stump.
Assessment: The authors are actively involved in the rehabilitation of amputees and restoration of deficient upper limbs. Convincing upper extremity amputees to wear their expensive prostheses has always been a problem for the rehab team. With this book, the authors present a comprehensive and current accounting of how to care for our amputees. They are to be commended for a job well done. I highly recommend this work to all medical personnel caring for these patients.