12 Hous. J. Health L. & Pol'y 201 (2011-2012)
Problems of Infant Retino-Dural Hemorrhage with Minimal External Injury

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Copyright © 2012 A.N. Guthkelch
Houston Journal of Health Law & Policy
ISSN 1534-7907
PROBLEMS OF INFANT RETINO-DURAL
HEMORRHAGE WITH MINIMAL EXTERNAL
INJURY
A.N. Guthkelch*
This contribution is offered as a reflection- after 40 years'
consideration- on a problem of potential child abuse which has
caused a great deal of controversy since it was first described.' While
controversy is a normal and necessary part of scientific discourse,
there has arisen a level of emotion and divisiveness on shaken baby
syndrome/abusive head trauma that has interfered with our
commitment to pursue the truth.
What follows is a Serious Call - I borrow the phrase from the title
of a religious treatise by the 18th century Protestant clergyman,
William Law- to members of the medical and legal professions to
consider these problems with restraint. It is, in short, a call for civility in
scientific discourse.
A. Norman Guthkelch is a retired professor of neurosurgery. He was a faculty member at
the medical schools of, among others, the University of Hull, the University of Pittsburgh,
and the University of Arizona, and a visiting professor at Harvard Medical College. He was
honored for his contributions to the field of shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma at
the Fourth National Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome (2002) and the First European
Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome (2003).
1 A.N. Guthkelch, Infantile Subdural Haematoma and its Relationship to Whiplash Injuries, 2
British Med. J. 430-31 (1971).

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