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  • Phantom Limb Pain

    There are approximately 2 million people living in the United States who have undergone an amputation, and of those 2 million, up to 60-90% suffer from phantom limb sensations or phantom limb pain. Interestingly, these sensations do not seem to always fade with time as a patient adjusts to the loss of a limb, but as many as 70% report phantom sensations several years after the loss of the limb (Hanley et al., 2009; Foell, Berkrater-Bodmann, Diers, & Flor, 2014; Preissler et al.,2012; Ramachandran & Hirstein, 1998). The term ‘phantom limb’ was first used by Silas Weir in the early 1870’s to describe the feeling that an amputated limb was still present, and in some cases would spasm causing the person to feel pain in their amputated limb (Ramachandran…

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  • Sylvia Plath Arrival Of The Bee Box Analysis

    highlights her neverending battle with her insecure state of mind; which affects every aspect of her life. Throughout my study of her poetry, I retained an immense admiration for her poetic abilities. Despite what seemed to be crippling bouts of depression, she produced poetry of startling originality and expertly calculated ideals. The intensity of her poems comes from the emotions she reveals through her poetry. Her personal nature of writing draws on the concept of the subconscious mind…

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  • Prosthetic Limbs: A Case Study

    In this paper, we will discuss phantom limb pain (PLP) and propose an alternate form of treatment for PLP using prosthetic limbs. We will discuss two key ways in which prosthetics can be improved—through the use of 3D printed materials and the integration of electrical input and feedback systems—and refitted as PLP treatment. We will also describe the practical advantages of using prosthetics as a form of medical treatment and provide criticism of currently used treatment methods, such as mirror…

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  • Case Study: The Phantom Limb

    The Phantom Limb Phenomenon The phantom limb phenomenon is a known response that occurs following surgery in amputee patients. This response provides a vivid sensation that the amputated limb is still present and phantom limb pain is most commonly seen following the amputation of the arm or leg. The pain felt, may be related to physical or psychological factors, including the weather, or emotional stress, (Flor, 2002). Phantom limb is frequently apparent with physical pain, and this occurs in…

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  • Proprioceptive Memory Theory Essay

    The Proprioceptive Memory Theory suggests that the pain felt before the amputation creates pain memories within the brain that directly influence the discomfort felt after the amputation by continuing to send pain signals to the brain even when the limb no longer exists (Virani 46). Again, this theory follows the generalization made at the beginning of this essay, furthering the idea that when a hardship is encountered, the brain tries to continue as before the occurrence. Vilayanur S.…

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  • Phantom Of The Opera Movie Analysis

    The camera leisurely zooms into an opera house abandoned and covered in cobwebs. It pans to an older generation of people with a chandelier lying broken on the wooden floor. As the auctioneer points to the chandelier, powerful music cues as it rises from the ground, unveiling the opera house as its prime. Black and white shifts to a vibrant array of colors. Christine Daae is the rising star and the Phantom is causing a string of terror. The Phantom hides behind a mask and makes his home beneath…

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  • Essay On Limb Trauma

    there. Firsthand consequences First there are physical consequences to consider. The most obvious is the lack of a hand and possibly arm. With that comes the loss of functionality. Often if the amputation is proximal and below the elbow, there is a loss of forearm rotation. This physical consequence most often leads to psychological and emotional consequences. Phantom limb pain bridges this gap between physical and psychological problems. It occurs frequently where the patient will experience…

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  • Phantom Limb Essay

    experience of excruciating pain caused by a limb or other body part that is no longer attached to the body, this disturbance can prove to be not only exasperating but extraordinarily frightening as well. This strange phenomenon, of experiencing a limb that has been removed from the body, is referred to as a “phantom limb.” Around “90 percent of amputees worldwide” have experienced these puzzling sensations. Interestingly, at times, the limb is sensed as having mobility and at others is sensed…

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  • Ludwig Wittgenstein Misused Language

    explains that saying “there is a hand there’ follows from the proposition ‘he knows that there’s a hand there’. But from his utterance ‘I know…’ it does not follow that he does know it” (14). This very confusing yet intelligible statement opens minds to the fact that though someone may not distinctly say that they know something, their statement that implies that they know that something cannot be proven unless shown. Therefore in this case, saying that “there is a hand there” proposes that that…

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  • Night Time Narrative

    W 47th street and Broadway, standing in front of a Starbucks. I should probably find a hotel.. I pull my phone out of my pocket and pull up google maps. I find the Night Time Square right down the road just past 7th Ave is only about $88 a night, so I grip the straps of my backpack and start walking. I walk past the Phantom of Broadway store and take a quick peek inside and notice all of the broadway shirts and other things, I make a mental note to stop there before I leave. I turn and continue…

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