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The evidence base for shaken baby syndrome: Response to Reece et al from 41 physicians and scientists

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 23 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:741
  1. Patrick E Lantz, forensic pathologist (
  1. Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, NC 27157, USA

    EDITOR—Reece et al have implied that child abuse is a particularly difficult area in which to conduct research.1 This difficulty does not justify circular reasoning, selection bias, imprecise case definition, unsystematic review publications, or conclusions that overstep the data.25 w1-w3

    Geddes and Plunkett described the use of evidence based medicine in evaluating the causes of head injury in infants and …

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