The Challenges of Recognizing Child Abuse: Seeing Is Believing
Doctors need to do a better job of identifying child abuse in injured children. A 1962 report was the first to discuss child abuse as a medical condition that doctors should diagnose. However, the diagnosis is very difficult to make because many doctors cannot believe that parents would harm their child. Most medical students are not taught much about child abuse, nor are many medical residents. Doctors must cooperate with radiologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and protective service workers to confirm the diagnosis. They must also learn how to rule out child abuse in children with unintentional injuries.
Publication Name: JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association
Accidental nuclear war - a post-cold war assessment
The US should take all nuclear weapons off high alert and encourage Russia to do the same. Despite the end of the cold war, many nuclear warheads are still maintained on high alert. These missiles could be launched accidentally, most likely because of a false warning. Russia is a great concern because of its aging arsenal and its social and political problems. An accidental attack on eight US cities could kill 7 million people and expose millions of others to radioactive fallout. Only a presidential directive would be needed to remove these weapons from high alert.
Publication Name: The New England Journal of Medicine
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