October 1977

Folk Remedies vs Child Battering

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles USC School of Medicine Los Angeles, CA 90054

Am J Dis Child. 1977;131(10):1173. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1977.02120230119025

Sir.—Yeatman et al1 defined the Vietnamese folk practice of c[unk]o gío as pseudobattering. Inflicted trauma is classically defined as any injury caused by other than accidental means. The battered child syndrome is often defined as repeated inflicted trauma, but a single incident of such trauma may be the first of a series of abuses if intervention is not obtained. Either single or repeated applications of vigorous rubbing or mentholated compounds into the skin with a metal object (c[unk]o gío) and its resultant petechiae and ecchymoses2,3 may be definable as inflicted trauma. Some might exclude this Vietnamese folk practice from the battered child syndrome on the basis of the lack of serious resultant symptoms. However, as it is seen from the child photographed in both Yeatman's and co-workers' article1 and in The Journal's "Picture of The Month," the degree of skin injury may be extensive. The definition of

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