ANDOR A. WEISS, M.D.
Although first mentioned by Ambroise Paré in 1511,1 the phantom limb was not again referred to in the literature until its masterly description by Weir Mitchell in 1871.2 In spite of a rather extensive recent literature on this subject, there is still much difference of opinion as to its etiology and the type of treatment to be employed.
For a better understanding of the painful phantom limb, let us first consider the so-called "natural phantom," the sensation that the amputated part is still present. It consists of a tingling which is not only painless but also may even be quite
WEISS AA. THE PHANTOM LIMB1. Ann Intern Med. ;44:668–677. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-44-4-668
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1956;44(4):668-677.
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