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Conflicting reports: Rickets or battered baby syndrome?

Posted on: May 3, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD


In 1962 a new syndrome was “discovered” by Dr. C. Henry Kempe, a pediatrician. The paper was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), ostensibly after the usual review process. In the paper, there are four x-rays with an accompanying comment that parents often lie, but X-rays never do.

The new syndrome was “battered child syndrome,” and in years since, Kempe’s paper and the battered child syndrome has put thousands of Americans in prison for abusing their children.

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