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Doctor gave “woeful” evidence

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1124
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A pathologist delayed child abuse cases and misled courts by attributing injuries to a disease that almost nobody believes in, the General Medical Council heard last week.

    Dr Colin Paterson blamed multiple fractures in children in Britain and the United States on temporary brittle bone disease (TBBD), a condition that he was the first to describe and whose existence is accepted by only a handful of experts.

    The retired Scottish pathologist, formerly of Dundee University, is …

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