Pseudoabuse—The Misdiagnosis of Child Abuse

    Volume 31, Issue 4 (October 1986)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 October 1986

    Page Count: 9

    Kaplan, JM
    Professor of clinical pediatrics, Hahnemann University, Hahnemann Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

    (Received 30 November 1985; accepted 24 January 1986)


    When a patient's problem is judged to be the result of child abuse and it is not, considerable harm may be done to the child, his parents, and the doctor-parent relationship. The case histories of 15 children who were thought to be abused are reviewed and their correct diagnoses are presented. Overdiagnosing the battered child syndrome can be as harmful as failing to consider it.

    Paper ID: JFS11920J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11920J

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    Title Pseudoabuse—The Misdiagnosis of Child Abuse
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30