Saturday, 23 October 2010

SBS: Tuerkheimer debate

October 19, 2010, 5:05 pm
Sometimes a healthy debate takes place at some distance from the point of origin of a Times news story or column. That was the case with “Anatomy of a Misdiagnosis” by Deborah Tuerkheimer, an Op-Ed piece published on Sept. 21.
Tuerkheimer, a DePaul University law professor, discussed changing perspectives on the medical aspects of the syndrome, which is at the center of many criminal cases involving infant death. A National Public Radio health blog, CommonHealth, linked to the Times article and a vigorous debate among commenters ensued, some contending that Tuerkheimer was off-base.
Carey Goldberg, a reporter for the NPR blog and a former Boston bureau chief for The Times, emailed me to say that reporting on this issue is important because, among other things, it can influence how the legal system deals with such cases, as well as how educational efforts can influence parental awareness of the dangers of shaking a baby.
Here are some links to the original story and to comments on it:

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