The Apotemnophile & The Acrotomophile
 

People who want to be amputees ? Sounds too weird to be true... There are people who spend most of their lives wanting to become an amputee. Some are successful, some go to great lengths to become an amputee, some over estimate the powers that be and end up dead. If you are an amputee reading this you are probably shaking your head or maybe even upset by the existence of the apotemnophile. Many amputees cannot understand the mind of the apotemnophile.
Why would anyone want to be an amputee ?

The existence of wannabes cannot be denied. Whilst they are far rarer than the acrotomophile (devotee). A small number of amputees in society are realized apotemnophiles. Apotemnophiles are not failed suicides or feel suffering from "Munchausen's syndrome". (Munchausen's patients 'collect' surgical interventions in various hospitals. They can only live through the interest brought to them by the medical corporation).

Wannabes typically do not want to end their life, moreover they want to begin a new life as an amputee. The reasons for this are due to a sexual nature rather than the need to experience medical procedures as in Munchausen Syndrome.

There is also a distinct difference between persons who have obtained amputations via their own means due to a lack of cooperation from the medical community. There is a famous amputee from the UK who after many years of pain and suffering decided to lie down on a railway track and drink himself into unconsciousness. When he awoke he was an amputee. This person was frustrated enough with the medical community to take these drastic steps in order to cure his pain. And although "pain" is one of the main ingredients of the apotemnophiles need to become an amputee, it is the pain of unfulfilled sexual desire or other inner pain that drives them to their ultimate act.

Many "wannabes" act out the role of being an amputee. They till tape up their ankle to the their thigh and roam the streets on a pair of crutches. Amputation is not the only medical condition that has its "wannabes". There are also 'leg brace',- 'wheelchair',- 'plaster',-... wannabes, these people also pretend to have a disability.

Regardless of why wannabes are motivated, they do exist. The humane question would be should these people be allowed to amputate a body part in order to be happy ? Inevitably one must ask are these people better off as amputees or as fully limbed individuals ? For many wannabes it's gonna stay a dream to become an amputee.

As amputees it is hard to understand why anyone would consciously choose to be an amputee because very few of us are amputees by choice. Yet if becoming an amputee made a person happy or even mentally stable (possibly for the first time in their lives) should we stand in their way to such happiness or stability ?

After all, is life as an amputee all that bad in comparison to a lifetime of taking heavy medication ? Reality is an amputee would do all that is possible to prevent any new amputees from being created. But when it comes down to the wire it is the individual that makes the choice and sometimes despite the best advice we humans are prone to going our own way.

 'wanna be' an amputee

The Apotemnophile (or wannabe)

Apotemnophilia: a pharaphilia of the stigmatic/eligibilic type in which sexuerotic arousal and facilitation or attainment of orgasm and dependent upon oneself being an amputee. An apotemnophile becomes fixated on carrying out a self-contrived amputation, or obtaining one in a hospital.

People who want to be amputees ?

Well, they exist. There are people who spend most of their lives wanting to become an amputee. Some are successful, some go to great lengths to become an amputee, some over estimates the powers that be and end up dead.

Wannabes typically do not want to end their life, moreover they want to begin a new life as an amputee. The reasons for this are due to a sexual nature rather than the need to experience medical procedures as in Munchausen's Syndrome.

There is also a distinct difference between person who have obtained amputations via their own means due to a lack of cooperation from the medical community. There is a famous amputee from the UK who after many years of pain and suffering decided to lie down on a railway track, a few minutes later he was an amputee. This person was frustrated enough with the medical community to take this drastic steps in order to cure his pain. And although "pain" is one of the main ingredients of the apotemnophiles need to become an amputee, it is the pain of unfulfilled sexual desire or other inner pain that drives them to their ultimate act.

Many wannabes act out the role of being an amputee. They will tape up their ankle to the their thigh and roam the streets on a pair of crutches. Amputation is not the only medical condition that has its "wannabes". There are also "leg brace" wannabes, these people also "pretend" to have a disability.

Regardless of why wannabes are motivated, they do exist. In the states there is more known about wannabes than there is in Europe. The humane question would be should these people be allowed to amputate a body part in order to be happy ? Inevitably one must ask are these people better off as amputees or as fully limbed individuals ?
 

He has a thing for amputees

The acrotomophile( a devotee) or Amelotatismus (gr.)

Question: There's a guy on my block who seems to have a thing for women who are amputees of one sort or another. He's had three girlfriends like this. What's with him ?

Answer: Sex researchers William Masters, M.D., and Virginia Johnson coined the term "pharaphilia" to describe 'a condition in which a person's sexual arousal and gratification depend on a fantasy theme of an unusual sexual experience that becomes the principal focus of sexual behavior'. Among the pharaphilias they describe are voyeurism, exhibitionism, obscene phone calling, zoophilia, fetishism and pedophilia.
 

Little known about it

Masters and Johnson describe several Paraphiliacs that are relatively rare and about which fairly little is known, among them sexual attraction towards amputations. Dr. John Money, Professor of Medical Psychology and Pediatrics and author of 'Love maps', calls this "acrotomophilia" - from the Greek "acro", meaning extremity, "tomo" meaning cut, and "philia", meaning love. 'Persons with this type of pharaphilia seek out sexual partners who are amputees', say Masters and Johnson.