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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7057.625a (Published 07 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:625
  1. Ian Roberts
  1. Director Child Health Monitoring Unit, Institute of Child Health London WC1N 1EH

    EDITOR,—In emphasising the absence of a clear distinction between child injury and child abuse, MacMillan and Offord make a very important point. The idea that childhood injuries can be neatly divided on the basis of intent is neither sensible nor sensitive and should probably be relegated to medical mythology. It is precisely …

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