Shaken baby syndrome - is it junk science?

davidcameron

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abusive_head_trauma

Abusive head trauma (AHT), also known as shaken baby syndrome (SBS), is a constellation of medical findings (often referred to as a "triad"): subdural hematoma, retinal bleeding, and brain swelling which some physicians have used to infer child abuse caused by violent shaking. In a majority of cases there is no visible sign of external injury. It is a subset of the broader form of child abuse.
Dr Waney Squier is one of the people who disagrees with the medical profession's consensus on SBS.

She was struck off on the grounds of dishonesty but that finding was quashed on appeal.

Shaken baby evidence doctor reinstated - BBC News
In the High Court, Mr Justice Mitting, found there were significant flaws in the tribunal's findings.

He concluded that Dr Squier had gone beyond her expertise and also misrepresented some research, but said her views were honestly held.

The doctor, who has always denied any wrongdoing, says she is pleased to be able to return to her clinical work.

The General Medical Council, which brought the case against her, says the judgement confirms that this was not about the scientific debate around shaken baby cases, but about the manner in which Dr Squier had given her evidence.

In a statement, it added that "the ruling makes clear that she acted irresponsibly in her role as an expert witness on several occasions".
Are doctors wrong to make a diagnosis of SBS in cases of alleged child abuse? Is the diagnosis junk science?
 


Karloff

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Maybe there are subliminal influences involved....

Just kidding . If there are no recorded cases where health professionals saw a baby being shaked with the result of these kinds of injuries then an element of guesswork was involved in creating this syndrome. Sometimes social workers etc just take a turn against a person and suspect she is guilty of something and some innocent people have the unfortunate talent of giving off those vibes.

Be wary around social worker types if you are like that, they are in a state of pressure to notice these things thanks to the nature of media coverage when they fail (eg Victoria Climbie case).
 
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