Amputation, Prosthesis Use, and Phantom Limb Pain

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

  • Craig Murray

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Mohammad Sobuh, Laurence Kenney, Phil Tresadern, Martin Twiste, Sibylle Thies
    Pages 33-63
  3. Elisabeth Schaffalitzky, Pamela Gallagher, Deirdre Desmond, Malcolm MacLachlan
    Pages 65-79
  4. Helena Burger
    Pages 101-114
  5. Jai Kulkarni, Kate Grady
    Pages 129-136
  6. Kate MacIver, Donna Lloyd
    Pages 157-173
  7. Craig D. Murray, Stephen Pettifer, Toby Howard, Emma Patchick, Fabrice Caillette, Joanne Murray
    Pages 175-196
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 197-203

About this book


Amputation, Prosthesis Use, and Phantom Limb Pain

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Edited by Craig D. Murray


For the millions of patients adjusting to life with one or more missing limbs, adaptation involves an intricate network of physical, psychological, social, and existential factors.

It is with this complex scenario in mind that Amputation, Prosthesis Use, and Phantom Limb Pain: An Interdisciplinary Perspective has been developed. Unlike other books that deal exclusively with one or another of these topics, this volume unites the three to return the experiential to what is often treated in the literature—and too often in the clinic—as a solely medical condition. Written by top specialists in areas ranging from psychology and neuroscience to biomedical engineering and computer science (and including material applicable to those with congenital missing limbs as well as to amputees), this volume provides up-to-date knowledge with wide appeal to a variety of professional readers. In addition, the book’s accessibility ensures that practitioners working in teams understand each other’s work as well as client needs. Among the leading-edge topics:

  • Ethical and medico-legal issues in providing assistive technology.
  • Psychosocial assessment of adaptation to amputation and prosthesis use.
  • Congenital limb deficiencies and experiences of prosthesis use.
  • Prothesis use relating to the formation and maintenance of romantic relationships.
  • Biopsychosocial approaches to postoperative pain.
  • Phenomenology of phantom limb experience and prosthesis use.
  • Relationship between coping style and phantom limb pain.
  • Virtual-reality treatments for phantom limb pain.

Must reading for clinical and health psychologists, neuropsychologists, prostheticians, orthopedists, neurologists, professionals in rehabilitation and rehabilitative medicine, and designers of assistive technologies, Amputation, Prosthesis Use, and Phantom Limb Pain is dedicated to the goal of encouraging proper fit and alignment—not only between patients and devices, but between healing professionals and their clients.


Adaption to amputation Analysis Congenital Limb Deficiencies Monitor Phantom Limb Pain Phenomenologies of Prosthesis Use Post Amputation Chronic Pain Prostheticians biomedical engineering medicine rehabilitation technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Craig Murray
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. PsychologyUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-87461-6
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-87462-3
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