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Phantom Limb: Amputation, Embodiment, and Prosthetic Technology

Cassandra S. Crawford

Abstract

Phantom limb pain is one of the most intractable and merciless pains ever known—a pain that haunts appendages that do not physically exist, often persisting with uncanny realness long after fleshy limbs have been traumatically, surgically, or congenitally lost. The very existence and “naturalness” of this pain has been instrumental in modern science's ability to create prosthetic technologies that many feel have transformative, self-actualizing, and even transcendent power. This book critically examines phantom limb pain and its relationship to prosthetic innovation, tracing the major shifts i ... More

Keywords: phantom limb pain, prosthetic technologies, prosthetic innovation, phantom limbs, prosthetic science, amputation, limb loss

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780814789285
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814789285.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cassandra S. Crawford, author