Thursday, April 5, 2007

Philadelphia prosthetist's work highlighted

Jeff Eichhorn, who serves as director of orthotics and prosthetics at the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia, was featured in this article in the Connellsville Daily Courier. The article includes a quote from Eichhorn on how cultural differences play into prosthetic treatment.

Eichhorn's treatment can differ depending on whether a child lives in America or abroad. Cultural distinctions matter.

"Here, in the United States, we stress function over cosmetics. In a lot of countries, cosmetics are important," he said. "In Iraq, an arm missing could indicate you are a thief, even though you did nothing illegal. A cosmetic arm is not functional, but being normal in their society is vital."

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