August 1997

Physical Signs of Child Abuse: A Colour Atlas

Author Affiliations

Department of Pathology Tampa General Hospital PO Box 1289 Tampa, FL 33601-1289


by Christopher J. Hobbs, BSc, MBBS, FRCP, DOBST RCOG, and Jane M. Wynne, MB, ChB, FRCP, 245 pp, with illus, $77, ISBN 0-7020-1778-7, Philadelphia, Pa, WB Saunders Co, 1996.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1997;151(8):861. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1997.02170450111025

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This volume has 4 main sections. The first section covers "Methods of Examination" and "Photography in Child Abuse," the second section is devoted to "Physical Abuse," the third section covers "Neglect," and the fourth section is devoted to "Sexual Abuse" and includes 7 separate chapters.

In the first section, the authors summarize the most important aspects of soft tissue injuries, fractures, intracranial and abdominal injuries, and sexual abuse. The text in each of these sections is brief, with only 9 literature citations given throughout the book; 3 are the authors' prior publications, 2 are guidelines from professional associations, 2 are articles from refereed journals, and 2 are textbooks. The diagnostic findings of sexual abuse are summarized in a 3-page table that cites the finding, the lesion, and the description and cause. However, this summary lacks scientific references and appropriate terminology that has been previously well summarized in Practice Guidelines; Descriptive

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