November 1968

The Battered Child.

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Edited by Ray E. Helfer, and C. Henry Kempe. Price, $12.50. Pp 268. University of Chicago Press, 5750 Ellis Ave, Chicago 60637, 1968.

Am J Dis Child. 1968;116(5):569-570. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1968.02100020573032

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Ever since Silverman in 1953 and Wooley in 1955 documented the significance of roentgen manifestations of unrecognized trauma, there has been a crescendo of community action concerning child abuse and neglect. This concatentation was immensely accelerated in 1961 when Kempe, in conducting a symposium on the subject, coined the term "The Battered Child Syndrome." Subsequently, Dr. Kempe has persisted in efforts to recognize, understand, and correct the situations leading to child battering. This book, co-edited by Drs. Kempe and Helfer, represents another major step forward since it gathers under one cover an authoritative review of the current state of knowledge concerning the syndrome—its manifestations, its causation, and its treatment. The 11 chapters review the topic from the point of view of the different members of the team that may share in the management of a case—pediatrician, radiologist, pathologist, psychiatrist, social worker, and law enforcement officer. The editors

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