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Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

May 2014    |    Volume: 46    |    Number: 5

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A step in the right direction

IEs cannot replace life before amputation, but improving prosthetic design and manufacturing can better the lives of today’s amputees 

 

By Chun (Chuck) Zhang and Ben Wang

French surgeon, biologist and Nobel Prize Winner Alexis Carrel once said, "The quality of life is more important than life itself." For many, quality of life comes from creature comforts or exotic vacations, but for others, quality of life is determined at a more basic level. The loss of a limb can be emotionally and physically devastating. Even after many amputees come to terms with the loss emotionally, the discomfort they feel each day from current prosthetic limb design can be a painful reminder and a detriment to a happy and comfortable life.


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