Our readers may have noticed that JPO is fast becoming an international resource for orthotics and prosthetics information. With the increasing use of Google™ Scholar and the OVID academic database, both of which index JPO, the journal is gaining new readership and relevance in addition to our Academy membership. Exciting new online features from our publisher, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, will make us even more accessible and usable in 2009.
This issue provides us with a glimpse into the changing state of upper-limb prosthetics. Many of us know the special challenges of trying to replace the utterly remarkable function of the arms and hands. It is a daunting clinical and engineering problem to all who approach it, and most often we are pleased to be able to return just a fraction of the functions lost to amputations of the upper limb. Even so, remarkable advances in upper-limb prosthesis function seem to be closer than ever. DARPA-funded advanced upper-limb prosthetics developments at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and DEKA are front-page news. One of the people who has taken on these technical challenges with relish is our guest editor this issue, Dr. Peter Kyberd. I'd like to thank Peter for his efforts for the field and for his diligent work pulling together content for this issue of JPO.
Another person who works behind the scenes to bring you the most up-to-date information possible is our managing editor, Ms. Miki Fairley. Every issue brings new challenges in editing and production and Miki moves through them all with great humor and hard work. You have these pages in your hands because of Miki.
Again, Thank you Peter and Miki,
David Boone CP, MPH, PhD
Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics