June 2004 Bulletin

Atlas of Amputations and Limb Deficiencies:
3rd edition

Stay on the forefront of progress and treatment

By Carolyn Rogers

The AAOS is set to launch the much-anticipated third edition of Atlas of Amputations and Limb Deficiencies: Surgical, Prosthetic, and Rehabilitation Principles. This new text continues the publication’s legacy as the definitive and comprehensive reference on the surgical, prosthetic and rehabilitative management of adults and children with acquired or congenital limb loss.

Written by a host of internationally recognized experts in the fields of amputation surgery, amputee rehabilitation and prosthetics, this completely revised and expanded edition of the original Atlas of Limb Prosthetics offers the best in contemporary thought and the most recent advances as well as the probable future developments in prosthetic technology and management.

The text contains hundreds of new illustrations and images, and all of its 79 chapters have been revised, updated or are completely new. The discussion of pediatric issues, for instance, has been completely revised to reflect an integrated team approach to treating young amputees.

From difficult decisions on amputation versus limb salvage, to treatment, management and rehabilitation for all levels of limb loss, this text is a valuable reference for surgeons, physicians, prosthetists, therapists and others with an interest in the field.

12 years of advances

Since the second edition of the Atlas, which was published in 1992, “tremendous advances in limb loss surgery and rehabilitation have taken place,” says lead editor Douglas G. Smith, MD. “The prosthetic devices and the technology continue to improve in regard to the human-machine interface, new systems to address suspension, and advanced prosthetic components.”

After learning that Mosby—the publisher of the first two books—was not interested in printing a third edition, the Academy chose to publish the new text on its own.

“Fortunately, the AAOS realized that limb loss continues to be a major musculoskeletal problem for many people throughout the world, and this book is at the forefront,” says Dr. Smith. “We were very pleased that the Academy recognized its value and worked diligently to obtain the rights.”

Wide range of contributors

Expanding, updating and revising the 930-page text was a major undertaking, involving contributions from dozens of recognized experts in orthopaedics, amputee rehabilitation and prosthetics, including authorities from Europe and Asia, according to Dr. Smith.

“I was excited and pleased to work with such a tremendous number of authors with wide-ranging talents,” he says.

Dr. Smith’s co-editors are John W. Michael, MEd, CPO, a highly respected prosthetist; and John H. Bowker, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon and expert in amputation surgery and rehabilitation. Both also served as editors and contributors on the second edition of the text.

“They each put in a tremendous amount of work,” says Dr. Smith.

To retain the authority of the previous books, the editors brought in a number of new authors for the third edition, Dr. Bowker says. “We’ve also added chapters on future developments in hand transplantation, wartime amputee care, the analysis of amputee gait, physical therapy for sports and recreation, and the consumer movement—written by the founder of the Amputee Coalition of America.

“In addition, several sections have been expanded considerably—especially the chapters on partial foot amputations and the history of amputation surgery and prosthetics,” he says.

The “world-wide standard”

“This text really is the world-wide standard for amputation surgeons and all other members of the amputation care team, including those who are going through prosthetic schools,” says Dr. Bowker. “In fact, I once spoke with a prominent prosthetist in Sweden who told me that although he and his classmates commonly sold their books for cash at the end of each semester, the Atlas is the one text they never parted with. They brought it with them into their practice.”

“This is a beloved book in the field,” says Laurie Braun, the AAOS senior editor who oversaw production for the new text. “When it went out of print, people were trying to get it by any means possible, but many just couldn’t find it. So a lot of doctors are just thrilled that the AAOS has taken this on.”

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The cost is $170 for AAOS members and residents. The list price is $215.

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To order, contact AAOS customer service at (800) 626-6726 [fax at (800) 823-8025].

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