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Psychological and social aspects of amputation

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Limb Amputation

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The loss of a limb is a stressful event in anyone’s life, producing emotional and psychological disturbances. How the patient reacts to amputation is very individual and chiefly depends upon their personality. However, other factors also play a part; the nature of the current experience, their previous life experiences, their expectations and attitude to disability and the support given by their family and society. Often patients showing the best early acceptance of amputation may not be the ones who come to terms with the situation best in the long term. They may later show a delayed depressive reaction.

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Ham, R., Cotton, L. (1991). Psychological and social aspects of amputation. In: Limb Amputation. Therapy in Practice. Springer, Boston, MA.

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