Cineplastic Case History Unit.—
Cineplastic surgery is a method of providing a skin-lined tunnel through a muscle adjacent to an amputation stump to permit harnessing of the muscle for operation of an artificial hand. A new unit has been established at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to record studies of amputee patients from the time they are found eligible for cineplastic surgery until they leave the hospital. Establishment of this unit at the prosthetics research laboratory rounds out a program aimed at providing a concerted effort in the field of cineplastic surgery. The over-all program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center covers research in surgical procedures, development of special muscle-building exercises, the fitting of artificial hands and hooks designed particularly for the cineplastic amputee, training in the use of artificial devices, and establishment of criteria for future improvements in these prostheses.The case history unit has a two-fold purpose.