Book guides abuse diagnoses

25 January 2007 | Story by Daniella Pollock
Concern over high levels of trauma and child abuse in South Africa has prompted personnel at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital to launch a book, Paediatric Trauma and Child Abuse, aimed at improving medici's responses to such incidents. "This book offers a comprehensive approach to both early and definitive medical management of paediatric trauma as well as the legal, ethical and social issues involved with child abuse," says co-editor Professor Sebastian van As, head of the Trauma Unit at Red Cross and director of the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of South Africa. Co-editor Professor Sudeshni Naidoo, Department of Community Dentistry at the University of the Western Cape, said the book will assist professionals in diagnosing cases of abuse more easily. Guidelines contained in the book make this easier. Naidoo added that "70% of all cases of child abuse have some affliction to the head and the neck".

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