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Book and Media Reviews
August 3, 2011

Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis, Treatment and Evidence

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (

JAMA. 2011;306(5):554-555. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1077

Since the publication of Kempe and colleagues' seminal paper “The Battered-Child Syndrome” in 1962, greater understanding has accumulated of the devastating consequences of child abuse and neglect. This has led to a monumental shift in society's perceptions and response toward this serious issue. Although society remains deeply divided on issues such as gun control, abortion rights, and health care reform, incidents of child abuse provoke unanimous public outcry.

Carole Jenny's Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis, Treatment and Evidence is a recent addition to the increasing body of literature on child abuse. The book has 70 chapters divided into 8 sections; its target readership is a broad array of stakeholders, including clinicians.