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January 6, 1975

The Battered Child

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JAMA. 1975;231(1):85. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240130065037

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This is the second edition of a book destined to be a classic. Its publication helped bring to the forefront the serious problems of abused and neglected children.

In this edition, effort has been made to reduce previously overlapping material. The interesting introductory chapter on the history of child abuse remains unchanged and should be read first to put the problem in perspective. The chapters concerned with the pathologic and radiologic aspects have been updated. They contain detailed clinical information. The chapters on psychiatric aspects and the role of the social worker— based on the extensive experience of the authors—are unchanged and offer the basis for therapeutic intervention.

Other informative chapters deal with the role of the physician, the role of law enforcement agencies, and a nice summary of current laws. These run the gamut from simple rules of reporting to penalties for nonreporting.

Of special interest is the addition