It appears that today and in these days, nowadays and in our modern times, below elbow amputation is very rare and while no ergotherapist, physiotherapist, orthopedic surgeon, dermatologist or psychiatrist will see an arm amputee in practice in thirty years here, the “rare disease” community also (!) fails to acknowledge the fact that a realistic incidence estimate of below elbow amputation of around 1/50’000 entails the exact same consequences that other rare diseases and orphan drugs entail.
Yet there are miles to go before we sleep.
In the olden days, arms were removed more often, and knowhow was generated and documented by people that may not have had as much gadgetry and immediate networking opportunity as nowadays but who were just as clever, curious and differentiated as one would ever wish.
I now will type up some short summary points of a handbook published after World War I by Muirhead Little .