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October 8, 1982

The Battered Child: Recognition in Primary Care

JAMA. 1982;248(14):1760. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330140068042

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This book, best described as an annotated atlas of child abuse syndromes, is aimed at sensitizing the primary care provider to those injuries or conditions that are likely to have been inflicted on a child or caused by neglect. The format pairs color photographs of excellent quality with a text that seeks to explain the features of the injury and its connection to the history offered by the caretakers and the child.

The organization of the book is somewhat parallel to the thought processes that should develop in those involved in the identification of the possibly abused child. The author first seeks to develop the clinical syndrome, then to describe the lesions that by themselves are most likely to be caused by abuse or neglect. He provides some examples of conditions that may masquerade as abuse and then describes, unfortunately briefly, management techniques from the point of identification of the