A Must-Read Account Of Life After Losing An Arm

Science journalist Miles O'Brien was on assignment in the Philippines in February when a case of heavy equipment landed on his left arm. The resulting injury required that his limb be amputated above the elbow. Now, some four months on, O'Brien writes about adjusting to the "mono-mano" lifestyle. » 6/14/14 2:00pm 6/14/14 2:00pm

This Ghost Story About A Phantom Limb Will Give You Chills

In the emotional short film Phantom Limb, a man finds himself haunted by the ghost of his partner's amputated arm, which grows more monstrous as his guilt looms. » 5/14/14 5:00pm 5/14/14 5:00pm

The weird way to eliminate—or evoke—phantom limbs

Someone comes to you with a problem - they feel as though their limbs do not belong to them. How can you possibly deal with such a huge and psychologically complex difficulty? It's going to be tough, but for now - squirt water in their ear. This actually stimulates a part of the brain that can take away the sensation… » 1/20/13 8:00am 1/20/13 8:00am

How a three-fingered hand "regrew" its digits after amputation

A woman was born with what's known as a phocomelic hand, meaning she was missing a finger and thumb on one of her hands. But when that hand was amputated after a car accident, she developed a five-fingered phantom hand. » 8/12/12 3:15pm 8/12/12 3:15pm

A phantom penis tends to be a pleasurable sensation, notes historical…

A recent historical survey reports that men who've undergone a penectomy will occasionally experience a phantom John Thomas, and it's usually not a painful experience. In fact, some men will experience phantom erections and illusory ejaculation. What a silver lining! » 10/16/10 6:40pm 10/16/10 6:40pm