<b><i>"A little learning is a dangerous thing --<\/i>\r\nAlexander Pope<\/b>\r\n\r\n<img style="float: right;" src="https:\/\/opedge.com\/Content\/OldArticles\/images\/2005-06_09\/Fairley-Miki.jpg" hspace="4" vspace="4" \/>\r\n\r\nThis famous quote could be applied to O&P\u00a0 technology. This month's feature article, "<a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2005-06_01.asp">The Hidden Dangers of Orthotic Technology<\/a>," by Judith Philipps\r\nOtto, sounds words of warning from experts and offers a path to a solution.\r\n<h4>And...<\/h4>\r\n"Miracles on a Mountainside" helps war veterans reclaim a part\r\nof their lives that they may have thought was gone forever. You\r\nwill enjoy <a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2005-06_03.asp">the inspiring story<\/a>\u00a0in this issue.\r\n\r\nThe orthotics and prosthetics profession faces various obstacles\r\nin Latin America, but despite these, the field has made progress.\r\nAlberto Castillo Moreno, OP, analyzes the <a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2005-06_05.asp">current\r\nstate of O&P in Latin America<\/a>.\r\n\r\nMaulee, a collie mix, regained her quality of life, thanks to\r\ncaring owners and a skilled prosthetist. Her story is told in our\r\n<a href="edge\/issues\/articles\/2005-06_06.asp">Creature Care department article<\/a>. A surprising\r\nnumber of certified prosthetists and orthotists have used their\r\nexpertise to help our furry and feathered friends. A veterinarian\r\ntold The <i>O&P EDGE<\/i> that most veterinarians do not\r\npossess the necessary knowledge when these skills are called for,\r\nand he expressed appreciation for the efforts of O&P\r\nprofessionals, who often end up providing their help at cost or\r\nless. If you have an interesting experience in providing animal\r\nO&P treatment, please let us know! We would enjoy publishing\r\nyour story. Please contact Meredy Fullen, managing editor: <a href="mailto:Meredy@westernmediallc.com">Meredy@westernmediallc.com<\/a> ; 740.253.2811.\r\n<h4>More Learning<\/h4>\r\nThe quote mentioned at the beginning continues: <i>"...Drink\r\ndeep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts\r\nintoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us\r\nagain."<\/i>\r\n\r\nWhat is the "Pierian spring"? A Google search of the Internet\r\nreveals that in Greek mythology, it was the spring by which the\r\nMuses, who sponsored the arts and learning, sat. So drinking deeper\r\nsymbolizes gaining more knowledge. The O&P field continues to\r\noffer many opportunities for individuals to increase their\r\nknowledge both didactically and hands-on. Both the profession\r\nitself and individuals within it can be likened to a boat being\r\nrowed upstream. If the boat stops moving forward, it will start to\r\ngo backward. Hopefully the O&P field will continue to progress,\r\ndespite the rocks and shoals in the stream!