Reference: Smith DG et al. (2004) Atlas of Amputations and Limb Deficiencies, 3rd edition. Publisher: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Board of Directors, Rosemont, IL, USA.
This is by far the most informative and to the point book I have seen in the last two years.
Not only are cineplastic options described, but socket issues, body powered prostheses, components, myoelectric parts and a lot more are covered in good detail. The book also is very well referenced so for anyone trying to find good ways out of a tricky situation, to get good advice about prosthetic setups, this is the book to go for.
Experimental empirical tests have shown that immediate reactions to visual disability is characterized by extensive and largely uncontrollable agitation or nervosity.
If you are interested in what, generally and by and large, physically different people can do to others simply by being there and by exposing themselves, keep reading.
Original text by Guenther Cloerkes. Excerpted translation based on original text by Guenther Cloerkes but not a full and direct translation - by Wolf Schweitzer. (C) Copyright Guenther Cloerkes 1985.
I started out being surprised by the visual attraction and emotional impact of a primarily artistic (rather than functional) prosthetic arm. I continued to walk in amazement for a while.
Then I tried a simple but very powerful design variation myself - my Red Hand Experiment that started with a mannequin hand that I had painted plain red using glossy acrylic paint. I loved it. I loved the idea of having come up with this myself, of having painted it myself, of having worked on constructing the wrist myself.
Thirdly I feel that I know best what's good for me in terms of artwork. I may be wrong, obviously - there are far better artists that can draft and showcase prosthetic designs. But they don't call me, they do not send me their prototypes, let me wear them, they don't see to it that their designs make it into production - nothing of that kind. Not until recently that is, when Dan started his business. Furthermore, prosthetic artwork is not insurance covered and so price plays a huge role. Otto Bock, Hosmer or TRS do not carry artistically enhanced prosthetic parts - and if they would, I probably could not pay for them.
And so one of the things I consider is doing it myself. Even if other people will never understand it - being able to creatively shape the way I can fill in my own missing part helps greatly to live with it. I find that working on my arm is good just to feel better about it. That creative process feels like a necessary part of healing to me.
So now seems like a good time to look at technical aspects.
Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity is THE seminal text on stigma and social identity, a complex subject that I am interested in two ways, trying to learn about social aspects by reading and trying out practical ways of counteracting negative issues.
It contains an illuminating excursion into the situation of persons who are unable to conform to standards that society calls normal. Disqualified from full social acceptance, we are stigmatized individuals. Physically deformed people, ex-mental patients, drug addicts, prostitutes, or those ostracized for other reasons must constantly strive to adjust to their precarious social identities.
Their image of themselves must daily confront and be affronted by the image which others reflect back to them. Read this book and you will discover what it means to be stigmatized.
Amputation and dealing with it contains a lot. It is a full bag of stuff. Body, soul, brain, fitness - all play a role. I compiled a list of books to consider.