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Could We Be Doing Better in Diagnosing Physical Child Abuse?


Background: Physical child abuse accounts for 119,000 victims, 600 deaths, and $124 billion expenditures in the U.S. annually Nevertheless, it is a commonly missed diagnosis. This is a difficult topic to study since an abuse workup may hinge on subjective and objective factors. The putative objective factors, such as sentinel injuries, have not achieved a level of scientific analysis to be considered emblematic of child abuse. Objective: To determine which putative sentinel injurie more...
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