Dr. Sanjay Gupta was talking about the signature injury of the Boston Massacre last night on CNN: the limb wounds that have led to amputations.
He explained how some survivors still face a choice in the coming days and weeks over whether to try to save a limb, or let it go forever.
It can be, Dr. Gupta said, a choice between form and function.
There are actually some cases where one can survive with a badly damaged leg but would actually increase their mobility and the functionality of that leg by having it amputated and replacing it with a high quality prosthesis (many of which are not, by the way, covered by insurance.)
Form or function?
Our guest on this edition of CNN Profiles had to make such a choice.