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Detecting fabricated or induced illness in children

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 10 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1144

Are we ready for covert video surveillance?

  1. Prathap Chandra (, specialist registrar in paediatrics,
  2. Anandagiri M Shankar, honorary fellow
  1. Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromich, West Midlands B71 4HJ
  2. Department of Public Health, Walsall Teaching Primary Care Trust, Walsall WS1 1TE

    EDITOR—Foreman identifies covert video surveillance (CVS) as a potential tool for detecting fabricated or induced illness in children, despite several constraints to its effective use.1 Of various methods of inducing illness, suffocation may seem the only one that could be averted …

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