Notre Dame research targets the age of bruises
Work might better determine who's telling the truth in child abuse cases.
By VIRGINIA BLACK South Bend Tribune
4:57 p.m. EDT, October 3, 2012
When a child arrives in her Rhode Island emergency room with suspicious bruises, Dr. Susan Duffy knows which seem more likely to be common badges of childhood and which might be signs of something more sinister.
"One of the big dilemmas that you have when you're trying to document child abuse is that people don't walk in the door and say, 'I have abused my child,'" says Duffy, a pediatric emergency room physician for Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence and a Brown University associate professor.