Medical child abuse, Munchausen's syndrome and diagnostic uncertainty - today's NY Times

David Meyers dm0015 at COMCAST.NET
Sun Jul 12 19:01:00 UTC 2015


Apropos Peggy Z’s comments on medical paternalism and control as it relates to diagnosis, see this article on “medical child abuse”.  

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/12/opinion/sunday/the-new-child-abuse-panic.html?_r=0 <http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/12/opinion/sunday/the-new-child-abuse-panic.html?_r=0>   Many similar issues are noted with the added implications of protecting minors from harm.  Very troubling and no easy fixes.

I remember a case in Chicago 20+ years ago involving an emergency physician friend and colleague of mine whose child was taken into protective custody by hospital authorities because she refused a CT brain scan for her son who had a mild sports-related head injury.  They would not allow her to reject the CT scan and elect a watchful waiting strategy.

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