Case studies involving phantom limbs


The first accounts of phantom limbs came from a man by the name of S. Weir Mitchell who observed Civil War amputees at a hospital in Philadelphia. He wrote a book about his curious dealings with amputees, some of who insisted that they could still feel their amputated limb. His accounts were the first documented cases of phantom limbs. There has now been extensive study of the phantom limb sensation but technology limits what can be learned from direct physical study of the brain, thus the theories of phantom sensation all arise from the analysis of case studies. Here are some interesting facts about phantom sensations: This link will chronicle a number of case studies. If you've read the associated with phantom limbs, then this section will help you understand the phenomenon.


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