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June 10, 1983

Child Abuse

Author Affiliations

Brown University Rhode Island Hospital Providence


edited by Eli H. Newberger, 282 pp, with illus, $22.50, Boston, Little Brown & Co, 1982.

JAMA. 1983;249(22):3101. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330460073047

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The number of publications on child abuse seems to have paralleled the increase in identification of this problem. Many are well intentioned but for the most part are tedious compendiums of how to recognize and perhaps treat abuse. This anthology, whose editor is well known for his activity in the field, could have joined the list but through a freshness in approach and content stands out. Although each chapter has merit of its own, the book is organized from the multidisciplinary perspective, the contemporary and probably most effective method of dealing with the management of abuse and neglect.

At the outset the editor charges the reader. How is the quality of life in a society judged? By how well it cares for its children is the response offered, and in the first chapter Michael Robbin takes the reader on a historical tour of the struggle between the rights of children