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Forensic Aspects of Pediatric Fractures
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Fractures in child abuse. Incidence of pediatric fractures. Differences between pediatric and adult fractures. Differential diagnosis of pediatric fractures. Fractures and child abuse. The radiologist's role in child abuse. Ethical dilemmas in child abuse.- Skull. Signs, symptoms and complications. Biomechanical aspects of skull fractures. Skull fracture types. Skull fractures and intra-cranial pathology. Differential diagnosis of accidental and non-accidental skull fractures. Growing skull fractures. Dating skull fractures. Skull base fractures. Craniofacial fractures and dental trauma.- Ribs. Signs, symptoms and complications. Biomechanical aspects of rib fractures. Rib fractures and child abuse. Differential diagnosis of accidental and non-accidental causes of rib fractures.- Clavicle, sternum, scapula, spine and pelvis.- Extremities. Anatomy and physiology of long bones. Diaphyseal fractures. Epiphyseal and metaphyseal fractures. Humerus. Radius and ulna. Femur. Tibia and fibula. Shaft fractures of the lower extremities. Hands and feet. Subperiostal hemorrhage.- Trauma-related differential diagnosis. Birth trauma. Accidental fractures. Fall from low height. Baby walker-related fractures. Baby bouncer-related fractures. Falls from bunk beds. Falls from strollers. Falls from highchairs. Falls from stairs. Falls out of shopping carts. Falls from trampolines.- Disease-related differential diagnosis. Fractures. Radiological differential diagnosis in the absence of fractures. Iatrogenic causes. Temporary brittle bone disease.- Imaging techniques. Conventional radiography. Bone scintigraphy. CT and MRI.- Post mortem imaging. Dating fractures. Medical history and clinical findings. Radiological features. Dating case studies.

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From the reviews: "This new book is a welcome addition to the field of child abuse. It is a must-read for anyone specializing in the field of intentional injury and is a reader-friendly and valuable reference for clinicians who assess and treat children with fractures. The table of contents is detailed, allowing readers to quickly find and investigate topics of interest. ... is easy to read, makes good use of tables, and includes excellent graphics and a vast array of images embedded within the chapters." (Stephen B. Freedman, Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 304 (9), September, 2010) "A fantastic new book that is a prime example of contemporary scientific literature. ... is very well illustrated with contemporary radiographs, CT scans and MRIs. ... The text is outstanding. ... a wonderful addition to any radiology or pediatric library. ... an outstanding resource for radiologists, pediatricians and child abuse experts. ... prosecutors and defense lawyers will find this an invaluable book for preparing their cases. Students and researchers might find this a very helpful resource as well." (Brent H. Adler, Pediatric Radiology, August, 2010) "The publishers use their standard format of numerically organised chapters that make the text particularly easy to follow. ... The organisation and presentation of this text make it an excellent addition to the libraries of those who are concerned in the imaging of cases of suspected non-accidental injury in children." (Jamie Beck, RAD Magazine, January, 2011) "The intended audience is all those who are involved in the initial diagnosis of child abuse, including pediatricians, emergency room physicians, and radiologists. The textbook is well written, concise, and well organized. ... covers both neurologic and musculoskeletal manifestations of child abuse, with an emphasis on clinical presentation. ... The images and illustrations are appropriately sized and of a high resolution. ... an appropriate reference source for both clinicians and radiologists who are involved in the diagnosis of child abuse." (J. Herman Kan, Radiology, Vol. 259 (3), June, 2011) "The book in review addresses the problem, showing in detail the multi-faceted spectrum of non-accidental fractures and their related forensic aspects. ... Image reproduction is quite good and the use of detailed reproduction or photo-enhancement to improve fracture visibility should be praised. ... This is a must-have book, particularly in Italy where non-accidental fractures are not commonly encountered and described ... . The book is strongly recommended to radiologists ... orthopaedics, paediatricians, legal medicine physicians, lawyers and judges." (Giampiero Beluffi, Radiologia Medica, Vol. 116, 2011) "The book in review addresses the problem, showing in detail the multi-faceted spectrum of non-accidental fractures and their related forensic aspects. ... This is a must-have book, particularly in Italy where non-accidental fractures are not commonly encountered and described ... The book is strongly recommended to radiologists (a copy should be available in all Emergency Departments), orthopaedics, paediatricians, legal medicine physicians, lawyers and judges." (Giampiero Beluffi, Radiologia Medica, Vol. 116, 2011)

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