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Book and Media Reviews
August 5, 2009

Children and Violence: The World of the Defenseless

JAMA. 2009;302(5):573-574. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1128

This pithy book examines the issues of trauma and poverty in the lives of children through an international lens. Having worked for 30 years in 94 countries on 5 continents, Einar Helander brings a wealth of direct experience with children, family homes, schools, child-focused institutions, and Health and Social Welfare ministries from around the world. He asserts that 5 to 10 million children (primarily girls younger than 5 years) “die annually because of intentional neglect or outright murder” (p xviii).

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