Apotemnophilia: ethical considerations of amputating a healthy limb

@article{Dua2010ApotemnophiliaEC,
  title={Apotemnophilia: ethical considerations of amputating a healthy limb},
  author={Anjuman Preet Kaur Dua},
  journal={Journal of Medical Ethics},
  year={2010},
  volume={36},
  pages={75 - 78}
}
  • A. Dua
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
Apotemnophilia is a condition that causes those who have it to not feel “correct” in their own bodies. As a result, an intense obsession develops with removing the limb; this obsession hinders tremendously the patients' social behaviour and societal integration. These patients, in some respects resembling transgendered individuals, feel that the body part (limb) in question is simply “not a part of themselves”, causing them to feel uncomfortable in their own bodies. Whether amputations should… Expand
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