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April 17, 1981

The Battered Child

Author Affiliations

Children's Hospital and Health Center San Diego

JAMA. 1981;245(15):1589-1590. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310400057036

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Kempe and Helfer have made another notable contribution in their third edition of The Battered Child. In fact, it is better described as a new book than a new edition. Eighteen of 26 chapters deal with topics not covered in the second edition; only five of the ten previous authors are back, and 24 new ones have been added. The book has almost doubled in size and contains most of the knowledge of the field accumulated during the last decade.

Schmitt and Feldman have brought the recognition of nonaccidental injuries and burns up to date in excellent chapters. There is a wonderful revision of the psychiatric perspective by Steele. By contrast, the chapters on radiology and pathology are disappointingly similar to those written by the same authors in 1974. Inevitably, with so many authors and such a new field, differences of opinion crop up. Thus, in back-to-back chapters, a policewoman