How Do You Amputate A Phantom Limb?

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In one breakthrough example, Ramachandran, a researcher at the University of California, San Diego, devised a seemingly simple experiment to explore a puzzle that has confounded doctors since at least the 16th century: the sensation that a ghostly limb remains after the amputation of a body part.

What is a phantom limb? Why is it a problem? How did Ramachandran help to 'cure' this problem?

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