- June 2002
- Vol. 3, No. 5
Silenced Angels: The Medical, Legal, and Social Aspects of Shaken Baby SyndromePeinkofer, J. R. Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., Westport, CT. 2002. 309 pp. $44.95. Hardcover.
Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS), which occurs when a caretaker shakes a baby violently, is a condition that only recently has been described in the medical literature. Medical manifestations of SBS include bone fractures, intracranial injury, ocular damage, and cutaneous symptoms. Due to a lack of knowledge concerning these symptoms, physicians often overlook the condition. Advances in diagnostic technology will aid in the detection of SBS, and decrease the number of undiagnosed cases. Legal aspects regarding SBS encompass investigation of the case by police and child welfare workers; distinguishing Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) from SBS, and any prosecutory action taken against a perpetrator. Socially, children and families affected by SBS must cope with the social stigma, as well as their own emotional issues. Prevention options include parenting classes, professional home visiting, and other educational opportunities.
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