The Wellcome Collection blog looks at a photo in the case of a phantom limb. The question is whether phantom limb syndrome is psychological, physiological or a combination (though I’m taught the former, one is inclined towards the latter). Worth a look.
Most people reading this blog will have two arms and two legs. However, the average (here recall your school maths) may well be somewhere just below two of each. Losing a limb through accident or deliberate amputation is uncommon but it is certainly not rare. Taking surgical amputations as an example, five to six thousand operations are carried out in the UK every year – and, notably, about nine out of every ten of them will result in phantom limb syndrome.
A phantom limb is a slightly ghoulish term that’s used to refer to the sensation that an amputated limb is still there. The…
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