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January 2002Vol. 3, No. 1Child Abuse: Medical Diagnosis and Management

Reece, R. M. (Editor); Ludwig, S. (Editor). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Hagerstown, MD. 602 pp. $99.00. Hardcover.

Since the publication of the first edition of this book, there have been over 400 peer-reviewed articles appearing in the world's English-language medical literature about child maltreatment or related conditions. Some of these articles have been significant enough to alter current concepts about the medical aspects of child maltreatment. Some have added persuasive information to bolster past concepts, and others have described new manifestations or presented clinical cases to clarify current thinking. These contributions have been found in a broad range of publications encompassing the field of pediatrics and the pediatric subspecialties in radiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, infectious disease, surgery, gynecology, dermatology, and psychiatry. There have also been important contributions to the fields of pathology, forensic pathology, and law. While the information is written from a medical perspective, it is, by virtue of the clarity of the writing, accessible to all professionals who seek to understand the signs, symptoms, and the injuries of the abused child. The editors have designed a guide through the medical, surgical, radiographic, and laboratory terrain of child abuse and neglect. For the medical practitioner, there is advice about diagnostic tools and therapeutic approaches for child victims of abuse. Nonmedical professionals will find authoritative information about current medical knowledge and practices. Those who must present their findings and opinions in court will find the collective knowledge and experience of experts in the field of child maltreatment. The second edition offers three new chapters:

  • The biomechanics of physical injury
  • New directions in neuroradiology of child abuse
  • Unusual manifestations of child maltreatment.

To purchase a copy, contact:

Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
PO Box 1600
Hagerstown, MD 27141
Phone: 800-796-0646 x2326
Fax: 973-644-2339