Can we regrow a human arm? A negative perspective from an upper-limb surgeon

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Abstract

If we would like to devote time and money to the task of regrowing a human arm, we should feel free to do it, in principle. However, if we recognize a purpose in biomedical research, we must scrutinize this task in the light of a possible clinical application. We will then discover that regrowing a human arm is not only likely to be not possible, but also not required in the clinic. Bionic arms and better reconstructive surgery already provide a different, simpler and easier solution to the loss of a human arm, and should be promoted. Probably, "can we regrow a human arm?" is not the right question. Instead, we should ask, "can we restore the function of a lost human arm?".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2635-2638
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine
Volume24
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering

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