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Don’t blame the messenger: a response to Debelle et al and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  1. Nicholas Roy Binney1,
  2. Julie Mack2,
  3. Waney Squier3
  1. 1 Exeter Test Group, University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, UK
  2. 2 Department of Radiology, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
  3. 3 Retired, formerly Department of Neuropathology, Oxford University John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nicholas Roy Binney, Exeter Test Group, University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter EX4 4QD, UK; nicholasroybinney{at}

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Instead of acknowledging the clear lessons of the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU’s) review, Debelle et al 1 choose to attack the messenger for delivering news about the impoverished state of the medical literature on shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma.

They criticise the SBU’s literature search, but fail to put forward the body of unbiased literature that the SBU has supposedly …

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  • Correction notice This paper has been amended since it was published Online First. There were two other authors of this letter and they were inadvertently omitted. They are now included in the author listing.