What Happened in the Woodshed: The Secret Lives of Battered Children and a New Profession to Protect Them, 1st Edition

  • Lawrence R. Ricci
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  • ISBN-10: 1440856370
  • ISBN-13: 9781440856372
  • DDC: 362.760973
  • 192 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released April 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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Although more than one million children are abused each year in the United States, child abuse often remains a secret to family members, professionals, and politicians who neither see nor understand it. Child abuse pediatricians are the newest breed of pediatricians, specialized in exposing abuse. With detective-like acumen, child abuse pediatricians deduce through careful medical analysis who has abused and who has been abused. Describing the most compelling cases among the thousands that they have evaluated, author Lawrence Ricci reveals the trauma, pain, disability, and sometimes death that abused children experience at the hands of trusted adults. This gripping look at the dark side of American families is about good parents and poor ones, perpetrators and victims, and collateral victims such as innocent family members. It is also about the professionals who have made it their career to expose child abuse and to treat children who have suffered from it. The conclusion calls for systematic changes that could help to stem the tide of child abuse.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Prologue: Danny: What Happened in the Woodshed?.
Introduction: The Secret Lives of Battered Children.
1: The Making of a Child Abuse Pediatrician and the Birth of a New Specialty.
2: Mistakes: It Could Be Anyone.
3: Down the Rabbit Hole with Baron Munchausen.
4: The Hidden Ravages of Neglect.
5: Child Abuse Fatalities: The Anatomy of Death.
6: Failure to Protect: The Taking of Justice.
7: A Parent’s Grief: Pam and Benji.
8: The Courtroom: Triumph of Style over Substance.
9: Vicarious Trauma: “How Can You Do This Work?”.
10: The Future of Our Children: Child Abuse Prevention in America and Internationally.
Epilogue: Strider: What Happened in the Woodshed.
Appendix: Child Abuse Doctors Who Shared Their Stories.
About the Author.