A New Venture

The surgical and prosthetic treatment of the child amputee has now fully emerged as a specialized area of knowledge and practice—a specialty drawing upon the general fields of orthopedic surgery, pediatrics and prosthetics.

The nature and diversity of the problem is such, however, that the experiences of one individual or one clinic are necessarily limited to segments of the total child amputee population. This is particularly true of the more complex and challenging types of amputations and congenital anomalies.

Meeting the challenge of this situation was one of the goals of the cooperative child amputee research program established in 1958. Through this medium, selected and active child amputee clinics could each contribute their experiences to a common fund of knowledge which would then be available to all.

As a further step toward this goal, the Inter-Clinic Information Bulletin has now been instituted. This bulletin is designed to provide information to cooperating clinics and others relative to standards of practice, the exchange of ideas, surgical problems, and the development of new components. Each monthly issue will contain a major contribution by the chief of one of the participating clinics. The bulletin may also serve as a forum for raising and answering questions concerning specific problems.

We sincerely hope that you will enjoy this publication and that it will achieve the goals for which it was created.

Charles H. Frantz, M. D., Chairman,
Subcommittee on Children's Prosthetics Problems