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|Book Review: Amputations and Prosthetics: A Case Study Approach, second edition, 2002|
Title: Amputations and Prosthetics: A Case Study Approach, second edition, 2002
Author: Bella J. May
This text is written by a physical therapist and intended per the Preface to be a resource for PT and PTA students while in school.
In summary: This book is well written and organized, and the information provided is a good but not exhaustive overview of all aspects of amputation and prosthetic care.
For the intended purpose, this text provides sound information with very little exception that can give a PT or PTA student, or another healthcare professional, a basic understanding of the elements of care for persons with amputation as well as aspects of prosthesis design. Additionally, the text includes information to consider for patient-specific recommendations of components. The prosthesis evaluation section and gait deviation discussions are particularly thorough, though there is less emphasis on understanding and guiding patients on sock management than would be expected, as proper sock management is a prevalent aspect of patient education for which physical therapists are relied upon to support and reinforce with patients.
The descriptions of some aspects of care are outdated, as this edition of the text was published in 2002. With regard to the amputation technique, the Ertl technique is not mentioned, and there is no mention of osseointegration, though the overview of the posterior flap technique for the transtibial level amputation is quite thorough. Post-operative care does not mention pre-fabricated removable rigid dressings which are commonly used today. Additionally, suspension techniques do not mention active vacuum suspension for transtibial or transfemoral level, and socket designs for the transfemoral level exclude more recently introduced sub-ischial designs.