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Child abuse: diagnosis, reporting, and investigations
  1. L E Chandrakantha,
  2. R Sunderland,
  3. A Williams
  1. Child Services, Northampton General Hospital, Cliftonville, Northampton NN1 5BD, UK; lalith.chandrakantha@ngh.nhs.uk

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Richard and colleagues1 suggest abandoning the term “shaken baby syndrome” and point out that it may be advantageous to separate the therapeutic and clinical investigative aspect of the condition. We believe that such an approach, extended to all forms of abuse perhaps combined with mandatory reporting, is likely to resolve the present crisis in child protection. The present system is failing to safeguard children and reassure doctors of their own safety.

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