Advantages and disadvantages of artificial limbs?

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I have been on an artificial limb since having an aka amputation in September 1977. The most advantageous explanation I can give is the freedom to move about, not crutched, not hindered, but fluid movement, one cannot grasp without the medical marvels. The disadvantages? I have felt many over my lifetime, however, with the technology in place, to place the artificial limb movement in the hands or memory data, of a microchip, is forever the dreaded stairs of America, not to mention the uneven terrains, and snow and ice play a huge part in justifying the rights and wrongs of us, prosthethesis wearers. In essence, I am a huge fan of the limb, and could not exist in this world, as it is today, without this device. Thanks, Gary Anderson, Kansas resident.
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