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JAMA Classics
December 17, 2008

Medicine Discovers Child Abuse

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Author Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

JAMA. 2008;300(23):2796-2797. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.842
Abstract

The battered-child syndrome is a term the authors used to describe young children who received serious physical abuse, generally from a parent or foster parent. In response to a survey, 71 hospitals reported that 302 battered children were seen in the past year. Characteristics of the battered-child syndrome were described and 2 cases were reported in detail.

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