Management of the amputee is an interdisciplinary team function. The surgeon cannot provide the prosthesis and only in exceptional circumstances is he knowledgeable in the physical aspects of rehabilitation beyond the immediate surgical experience. Also, he is generally not willing to spend the time required for this most important and certainly most rewarding restorative period of care.
The great majority of amputees in this country do not enjoy the advantages of integrated team support. Warren and his associates, as reported in this issue (see p 861), set about to provide skilled team services on a voluntary regional and community basis. This is a progressive and landmark experience. The results documented here should provoke critical self-evaluation by all surgeons performing amputations. Is the surgeon who performs the amputation fully aware of the value of this management as appropriate to modern and effective amputee rehabilitation? Is his knowledge of the amputation itself