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Doctor accused of misrepresenting evidence in child abuse cases

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:187
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. London

    A Scottish chemical pathologist is facing charges before the General Medical Council of misrepresenting medical evidence as an expert defence witness in child abuse cases. Dr Colin Paterson frequently testified that seemingly non-accidental injuries were actually caused by temporary brittle bone disease—a condition that he himself first described and whose existence is disputed by many experts.

    Dr Betty Spivack, an American expert in the biomechanics of abusive child injury, giving evidence to the GMC via a video link, said that temporary brittle bone disease was not “a recognised disease” or “generally …

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