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Jane Margery Wynne

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3790 (Published 15 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3790
  1. Simon Currie

    Paediatrician and international figure in child abuse work

    Jane Wynne, who has died aged 64, had a conventional career in paediatrics until her marriage in 1976 led her to Leeds University as a lecturer in medicine. Here, Jane worked with Michael Buchanan, a pioneer dealing with child abuse; and in 1984 she became a community paediatrician. By 1986, she and fellow consultant Christopher Hobbs were covering all of Leeds and running courses at St James’s University Hospital on the investigation and management of abuse. In 1986 and 1987 they published papers in the Lancet on child sexual abuse. They stressed the need for a multidisciplinary approach, with all professionals working together, and intervening only when the appropriate measures were in place. This approach might mean leaving children at risk of continuing abuse or even death.

    Such an approach was not followed at Cleveland in 1987, when 96 of 121 cases of sexual abuse diagnosed by two local paediatricians were dismissed in court. A paediatrician from there had attended the course in Leeds; thus were Jane and Chris embroiled in the Cleveland affair. The consultant body …

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