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Trauma

Playing music without fingers

Please welcome amputee musician.

Fyodor Shestiperov (b. 1953), a Russian accordion and guitar player, missing four fingers on his right hand.

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Trauma

Amputation in fiction: Captain Hook

Peter Pan is a great… I guess we can call it franchise. It’s vivid, interesting and appealing to both children and adults. Much like modern Shrek. Shrek, by the way, has a cameo of the play villain, Captain Hook, in second installment of the series.

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Regeneration Trauma

How to treat ingrown toe nail

Ingrown toe nail is a serious problem, with a threat of inflammation, edema and infection. It should be treated at once.

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Medical History

Month Four: A dent in the regrowing fingernail

Twelve weeks have passed since my thumb lost its tip.

As you can see, the removed fingernail is slowly growing back.

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Trauma

Celebrities missing fingers: Waqar Younis

Another sportsman, missing a finger.

Waqar Younis Maitla, cricket fast bowler.

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Medical History

Month Three: The shape

Two months has passed since the thumb tip amputation. The nail is slowly growing back.

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Trauma

Ultimate contraception: Young girl breasts amputation

Apart from female circumcision, young girls suffer another mutilation: breast ironing.

The procedure includes stick beating up 10-12 y.o. daughters breasts and burning them with heated stones. And the poor child is tortured by her own mother.

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Trauma

Amputation in disguise: Diabetes

Another condition may result in amputation. It is called diabetic foot, and as the name suggests, diabetes is the cause.

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Regeneration

Mirror box therapy

House M.D., one of my favourite series, showed an interesting device to treat phantom pain in amputated limbs, called a mirror box.

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Trauma

Sedative drug causing no limbs at birth

In the 1950’s, there was a drug called Thalidomide. It was prescribed as sedative for pregnant women having morning nausea. In the early 1960’s it became clear that the drug causes birth defects: babies were born without fingers, toes and sometimes entire hands and legs.