In 1962 a US doctor published an article describing what he called “battered child syndrome,” one that the medical world had been routinely ignoring for years. “Potentially, we can all beat our children and we all get angry with our babies from time to time …” said Dr. Henry Kempe. His words are still difficult to hear decades later but more so in the late 50s and early 60s, when the concept of child abuse simply did not exist.

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