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Title: Fundamentals of Amputation Care and Prosthetics
Editor: Douglas Murphy, MD
Fundamentals of Amputation Care and Prosthetics is a well-written collection of chapters, each drafted by a healthcare provider with expertise in his or her respected domain of prosthetic care, with citations for reference at the end of each chapter. It has been edited to remain concise yet thorough. The text provides a relevant history of the field and its origins as well as discussions of some of the latest technologies and their clinical applications. The authors achieved success in communicating a little-known field of medical care in a fashion that can be understood and comprehended by individuals who possess education relative to healthcare but have not received specific prosthetic education. Healthcare providers working with amputees as well as individuals with an interest in the field of prosthetics will benefit from this informative and straightforward read.
The book provides insight into the history of amputation, rehab, and postsurgical care necessary for optimal prosthetic use, as well as current prosthetic prescription relative for upper- and lower-limb amputation levels. The information in the text includes but is not limited to socket designs for each level, interface and suspension options, and harnessing rationale, as well as component selection, complete with features and benefit explanations for each. All of these aspects of prosthetic intervention are well represented with the use of images and/or drawings to help ensure comprehension. Also beneficial to healthcare providers as well as experienced clinicians are the chapters that provide a review of human locomotion and the gait deviations experienced with prosthetic use. The latter is especially helpful as a quick reference for a clinician who is struggling to resolve a deviation and who needs to identify additional options to resolve the deviation. The final chapter does a great job of summarizing various dermatological complications as well as various residual limb pain commonly experienced with prosthetic use, providing pathology and potential options for resolutions.
Summary: As a prosthetist who has had the responsibilities of working and developing referral sources, introducing and teaching collegiate undergraduate classes about the field, and bringing new hires coming from outside of the field into the field such that they can be knowledgeable and effective for an O&P manufacturer, I believe this book is an excellent read and reference. The editor and authors have kept the narrative interesting, concise, current, and yet thorough. It can serve both as an introduction and review for those interacting within the field of prosthetics.