Is There a Psychology of Amputation?

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 258–259. Reviews the book, The Psychological Rehabilitation of the Amputee by Lawrence W. Friedmann (see record 1979-21845-000). This book provides the reader with a sense of accompanying an experienced clinician on his rounds as he observes his patients' reactions to amputation. However, Friedmann fails in two ways to make the book. The first problem is that while clinical awareness far outstrips research-based information, fuller utilization of the available data would have been desirable. A second and more grievous shortcoming results from the isolation of the disability of amputation from the larger domain of physical disability and deviance in general. Prostheses are an integral part of much amputee rehabilitation and their implications are given extended and informative coverage. Overall, the author's basic goal of helping readers to gain a perspective of the many factors entering into the psychological rehabilitation of the amputee is well accomplished. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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