The O&P Virtual Library is pleased to introduce the digital republishing of the classic periodical, Artificial Limbs: A Review of Current Developments. All thirty-three issues are now available online, via the links below or the keywords search to the upper right. See below for more information about this journal.
The foundation of modern prosthetics can be directly traced to the coordinated efforts of the National Academy of Sciences under the various artificial limbs committees after the Second World War. America, at its height of post war efficiency and engineering acumen, set about to solve the burgeoning problem of amputees swelling an infrastructure of prosthetic delivery that was outmoded, outdated and unprepared. Artificial Limbs: A Review of Current Developments was an industry update of these research efforts and was published thirty-three times, spanning the years 1954 to 1972.
Comments on the digitization of Artificial Limbs:
"As a contributor to Artificial Limbs I am aware of the effort and care that was required to produce documents of high quality. Much of the work was accomplished by inter-disciplinary groups whose names are seldom mentioned. As an example, all of the illustrations for contributions from the Prosthetics Research Group at The University of California at Berkeley were done by Frank Todd, whose cartoons and anatomical pictures have helped many understand principles of biomechanics.
"I was particularly impressed with the recent issue devoted to the Canadian Hip Disarticulation prosthesis that featured among others the pioneering work of Colin McLaurin and James Foort. Researchers in the current era now will have a model of excellence for publications. All I can say is thanks to all who are involved in this project and to potential searchers and readers "If you are new to Artificial Limbs - You are going to be amazed".
Charles W Radcliffe, MS, ME
Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Emeritus)
University of California at Berkeley
"Knowledge is the foundation of any profession; in health care disciplines, immediate access to useful information is a powerful engine that can drive the quality of patient care to ever higher levels. The O&P Virtual Library, providing free and universal access to a wealth of classic publications, is an international model for effective use of 21st century electronic communication technologies. The ability to perform word searches of the entire holdings on a 24/7 basis enables today’s busy CPO to instantly review the best thinking within the profession while planning contemporary treatment for individual patients. I would encourage colleagues worldwide to join me in donating time, funding, and materials to support this important initiative."
John W. Michael, CPO