Research Article| Volume 2, ISSUE 3, P211-217, 1971

The spectrum of abuse in the battered-child syndrome

  • M.A. Salmon
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    Department of Paediatrics, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and the Park Hospital for Children, Oxford, UK
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      The battered-child syndrome is not new but has only in the past eight years become properly recognized as both a clinical and social entity. The early definitions spoke of physical abuse to the child, but as one sees increasing numbers of cases it becomes apparent that fractures and soft-tissue injuries constitute only one side of the problem. In assessing a case, emotional factors involving the child and the perpetrator of the injuries must be considered as well, for to treat the child's physical injuries alone and then to discharge him back to the home environment without further thought is very likely to result in fresh exposure to injury. Before considering the battered-child syndrome as a finite surgical entity, the full spectrum of abuse should be defined.
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