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Book Reviews and Other Media
April 2002

Physical Signs of Child Abuse: A Colour Atlas, 2nd ed

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Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156(4):410-411. doi:10.1001/archpedi.156.4.410

This is the companion atlas to Hobbs, Hanks, and Wynne's text, Child Abuse and Neglect: A Clinician's Handbook, 2nd ed (London, England: Churchill Livingstone; 1999). That text is abundantly referenced, but it fails to adequately integrate the current world's literature on normal variation of childhood anatomy and injury. However, because the atlas is a separate volume and its connection with the text is not mentioned until its back cover, the atlas may be used, de facto, in isolation. The current atlas is divided into topic chapters, such as "Contact Burns" or "Genital Findings in Sexually Abused Girls." These chapters are headed by brief summaries of normal and inflicted injury characteristics. Each introductory summary is followed by captioned photographic examples. A few of the opinions are referenced, but the introductory comments and the body of the text cry out for citations for the assertions made. In addition, the introductory comments are sometimes misplaced. For example, some principles of scald burn evaluation are discussed in the chapter "Contact Burns," instead of in the chapter dealing with scalding.