Antedating of "Battered Child"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Jan 30 20:27:16 UTC 2005

On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 Bapopik at AOL.COM wrote:

>    [1962 C. H. KEMPE et al. in Jrnl. Amer. Med. Assoc. 7 July 17/1 The
> battered-child syndrome is a term used by us to characterize a clinical
> condition in young children who have received serious physical abuse,
> generally from a parent or foster parent.] 1963 Brit. Med. Jrnl. 21 Dec.
> 1558 (heading) Multiple epiphysial injuries in babies (‘*battered
> baby’ syndrome). Ibid. 1560/1 The x-ray changes in the ‘battered
> baby’ those often described in infantile scurvy.

1854 _Graham's American Monthly Magazine_ Jan. (American Periodical
Series)  I wish ... that one might read those horrible police reports
morning, with some sort of composure, feeling that the mangled wives and
battered children ... were really not of the same flesh and blood as your
own smiling Mrs. Jones.

Fred Shapiro

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