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March 1991

Photographing the Physically Abused Child: Principles and Practice

Author Affiliations

From the Diagnostic Program for Child Abuse, Mid-Maine Medical Center, Waterville.

Am J Dis Child. 1991;145(3):275-281. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1991.02160030043018

• Photographic documentation of significant findings is an important part of any child abuse evaluation. High-quality photographs of significant physical findings may be important in helping courts to adjudicate whether child abuse has taken place. The physician evaluating abused children should ensure adequate photographic documentation of visible lesions. Physicians who care for abused children should be familiar with the basic principles and techniques of clinical photography. These include good equipment, adequate lighting, and planned composition. Equally important is a working knowledge of camera equipment, film procedure, and medicolegal implications. This review outlines for the practicing physician the basic concepts and techniques of photographing abused children.

(AJDC. 1991;145:275-281)

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