UM Professor Dr. Peter Strouse Calls Critics of Child Abuse Experts “Denialists”

Torn Family Trust responds to an editorial written by Dr. Peter Strouse, a University of Michigan Professor of Radiology and a member of the Mott Children’s Hospital Child Protection Team. In his editorial Dr. Strouse calls critics of child abuse experts, “denialists” and calls for attacks against those who would challenge the opinions of Child Abuse Pediatricians. The editorial by Dr. Strouse can be found here. Torn Family’s response can be found here.

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  1. I find it interesting that those who question are called the “denialists.” I ask, what is it that we are denying? We all believe (and know) that child abuse happens. We all agree that violently shaking a baby can lead to substantial harm, and even death. We agree that child abuse can cause fractures, bleeding, and many other problems, including death. I’m not sure what we, the “denialists” are denying.

    What do doctors like Dr. Strouse deny?
    * That posterior infant rib fractures can be caused by accidents and brittle/underdeveloped bones
    * That short falls can cause retinal and subdural hemorrhage
    * That retinal hemorrhage is usually a secondary, not a primary indication of trauma
    * That hospitals and child protection teams unwittingly tear families apart
    * That the falsely accused, and even the exonerated, are actually innocent
    * That many more child abuse convictions were wrongful, and should be overturned
    * That circular reasoning is a major problem in the child abuse literature
    * That congenital rickets exists and is on the rise in developed countries
    * That Ehlers Danlos syndrome plays a role in cases of multiple unexplained fractures in infants
    * That severe vitamin D deficiency plays a role in cases of multiple unexplained fractures in infants
    * That there is a medical controversy (after years of threatening critics and calling for disciplinary action against them)

    (I could probably list many more, but those are some off the top of my head.)

    And finally, he states, “The child abuse denialists come from various disciplines — radiology, pathology, pediatrics, endocrinology, neurosurgery, emergency medicine, orthopedic surgery, even psychiatry.” That is an incredibly broad spectrum of professionals who see a problem with the diagnosis. If anything, this should make the true denialists (like Dr. Strouse) question their theories all the more.

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