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Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2002 Apr;13(2):243-6.

Medicolegal aspects of child abuse and neglect.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 4200 East 9th Avenue, Denver, CO 80262, USA. richard.krugman@uchsc.edu

Abstract

Neurosurgeons that see children and care for those with traumatic injury are highly likely to see cases of child abuse and neglect. That fact makes it inevitable that they will encounter the legal system. It is hoped that this article has demystified the legal process and systems that one encounters in day-to-day practice. Avoiding the diagnosis of abuse because of lack of knowledge or phobia of the legal system is hazardous to the health and well-being of children.

PMID:
12391708
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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