As a profession, O&P has always relied on new technologies and techniques to better serve patients and thus is no stranger to change. In the past couple years, O&P has had to embrace change as never before to continue to meet the challenge of providing quality patient care in a safe, sustainable way. In this issue, we look at some of the ways in which business models, care delivery, and philosophies about the profession’s future continue to evolve in a world that has truly come to embody the old adage that the only constant is change.
In this issue, “A. A. Marks and Modern Prosthetic Practice” provides a historical perspective, sharing information from the Manual of Artificial Limbs, that, while a promotional product common in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, nevertheless provides insight into norms of prosthetic care of the time. The article gives a glimpse of the different standards of care and attitudes toward limb loss and disability and some striking similarities with today’s O&P.