Chapter 13. Confounding the Experts: The Vindication of Parental Testimony in Shaken Baby Syndrome

  1. Brian Hurwitz1,
  2. Trisha Greenhalgh2 and
  3. Vieda Skultans3
  1. James Le Fanu

Published Online: 14 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470755167.ch14

Narrative Research in Health and Illness

Narrative Research in Health and Illness

How to Cite

Fanu, J. L. (2004) Confounding the Experts: The Vindication of Parental Testimony in Shaken Baby Syndrome, in Narrative Research in Health and Illness (eds B. Hurwitz, T. Greenhalgh and V. Skultans), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Malden, Massachusetts, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470755167.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Professor of Medicine and the Arts, Department of English, King's College London, UK

  2. 2

    Professor of Primary Health Care, University College London, UK

  3. 3

    Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Bristol, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780727917928

Online ISBN: 9780470755167

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Keywords:

  • testimony;
  • shaken baby syndrome;
  • haemorrhages;
  • murder;
  • parent's narrative

Summary

This chapter contains section titled:

  • A parent's narrative

  • The author's narrative: interrogating the diagnosis of SBS

  • The expert's narrative: the court hearing

  • A further parental narrative: the protean faces of SBS or “what's in a syndrome?”

  • The counter-expert's narrative: the scientific assault on SBS

  • The parental testimony revisited

  • Conclusion