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Once again a group of paediatricians1 has made critical comments about our systematic review of the shaken baby literature.2 3 Surprisingly, however, this time the criticism includes accusations of circular reasoning! Surprisingly, because the main reason that we assessed the shaken baby studies as biased was that they were based on circular reasoning.2 3 Even though it may be easier to observe ‘the speck in your friend’s eye than the log in your own’, it is remarkable that Debelle et al1 avoid criticising circular reasoning within their own research area. On the contrary, the authors maintain that the clinical investigations of suspected …
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