The evidence base for shaken baby syndrome

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7451.1317 (Published 27 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1317

Authors' reply

  1. J F Geddes, retired (formerly reader in clinical neuropathology, Queen Mary, University of London) (j.f.geddes@doctors.org.uk),
  2. J Plunkett, forensic pathologist
  1. London
  2. Regina Medical Center, 1175 Nininger Road, Hastings, MN 55033, USA

    EDITOR—It is difficult to understand how Reece et al could interpret our editorial as displaying “a worrisome and persistent bias against the diagnosis of child abuse in general.” Child abuse exists, and we know and attest that it exists. The editorial does not discuss “child abuse in general.”

    Child abuse exists in many forms: our editorial addresses the diagnostic criteria for a specific type of abuse, the so-called shaken baby syndrome. We emphasise, as have Donohoe and Lantz et al,1 2 that the literature to support …

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