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Branding treatment of children in rural India should be banned

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:481
  1. B Adhisivam (, senior resident, department of paediatrics,
  2. Roy Gowtham, professor, department of preventive and social medicine
  1. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry 605 006, India

    EDITOR—Branding or inflicting burns over the body as a remedy for various illnesses is a harmful practice prevalent in rural India. The common instrument used is a heated metal piece, and the main ailments include pneumonia, jaundice, and convulsions. Children, including neonates, are worst affected by this superstitious practice, which causes serious morbidity and delays in seeking proper medical care.13

    Many children under 5 …

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