The difference between accidents and abuse

Child abuse pediatrics becomes official medical specialty

In the past few decades, the study of child abuse has become increasingly honed among doctors. Now, for the first time, child abuse pediatrics will be offered as an official medical specialty in the U.S. Achieving board certification in this area will mean meeting formalized standards, as well as developing the ability to distinguish between abuse and accidents. Likewise, a keen knowledge of medical conditions like hemophilia or osteogenesis imperfecta, which often result in dramatic bruising and broken bones, will be required.

 New York Times

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