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Stolen Innocence: A Mother's Fight for Justice—The Story of Sally Clark

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 15 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:177
  1. Kevin Barraclough (, general practitioner
  1. Painswick, Gloucestershire

    This book is a disturbing read. It is a terrible indictment of the criminal system, the legal profession, and our own experts.

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    John Batt

    Ebury Press, £14.99, pp 336 ISBN 0 09 190070 0

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    Solicitor Sally Clark was convicted in November 1999 of the murder of her two children, purely on the basis of medical expert testimony, and sentenced to life imprisonment. The case attracted a high media profile, but since her conviction, later overturned on appeal, it is the role of the medical experts that has been on trial. As witnesses for the prosecution, they described retinal haemorrhages, bruises, broken bones, and injuries to the spinal cord. These were either seen in …

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