Thursday, March 22, 2012

Unexplained Fractures in Infants and Child Abuse: The Case for Requiring Bone-Density Testing Before Convicting Caretakers

Please Read the Following:

Unexplained Fractures in Infants and Child Abuse:
The Case for Requiring Bone-Density Testing Before
Convicting Caretakers


"Imagine that you are a young parent taking your four-month-old
son to a routine checkup. During the examination, the pediatrician
notices a bruise on his right leg. Her visage subtly changes as she
closely examines the bruise. She informs you that she has reason to
believe that your baby may have been physically abused and that you
will have to immediately take him to the hospital for further testing.
You are a bit insulted that the doctors would even think it was
possible that you would hurt your baby, but you are confident that
carefully researched, scientific tests that will be conducted at the
hospital will quickly dispel this misunderstanding."