Abusive Head Trauma Quick Reference

Abusive Head Trauma Quick Reference is a pocket-sized field guide for investigators, clinicians, and other involved professionals to identify abusive head trauma. Full-color clinical photography and comprehensive information combine to make a compact guide perfect for pediatricians, ER staff, nurses, medical examiners, and more.

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Abusive Head Trauma Quick Reference

For Healthcare Professionals, Social Services, and Law Enforcement 


Sized to fit in a pocket or briefcase, Abusive Head Trauma Quick Reference allows readers to conveniently carry vital information into an examination setting. It contains all of the pertinent information on recognizing injuries, identifying children at risk, and implementing preventive measures, arranged in an easy-to-retrieve format for the professional who needs an immediate reference. In addition to assisting in a medical or social service setting, it also details the application of medical and scientific data to legal investigation and prosecution procedures. Addressing forensic investigation techniques and concerns, signs of intentional injury, findings at autopsy, and issues pertaining to providing expert testimony, Abusive Head Trauma Quick Reference details clearly the many considerations medical and scientific personnel should bear in mind while performing a fatality review. Abusive Head Trauma Quick Reference is an ideal resource for any professional active in the fields of medicine, social services, education, law enforcement, or legal prosecution.

Topics covered include the following:

— The biomechanics of head trauma

— Comprehensive information for diagnosing abusive head trauma in children

— Signs and symptoms of associated injuries

— Evaluation procedures of a child abuse case involving head injury

— Detailed procedures for the management of cases by social service and law enforcement professionals

— Forensic investigation techniques

— Guidelines for prosecutors and expert witnesses involved in the court process

— Common neurodevelopmental outcomes of abusive head trauma

Product Details:

Quick reference format, wire-o bound
355 pages, 139 images, 32 contributors


Law Enforcement, Physicians, ER Personnel, Pediatricians, EMTs, Nurses, Medical Examiners, Coroners, Clinical Researchers, Social Service Personnel, Mental Health Professionals, Child Advocates, Child Protective Services Members


Publication date:

June 2007


978-1-878060-57-0 (Print)
978-1-878060-25-9 (eBook)

Table of Contents

1. Recognizing Intentional and Unintentional Head Injuries
2. Biomechanics
3. Neuroradiology
4. Neurosurgery
5. Ophthalmology
6. Associated Injuries
7. Medial Disorders That Mimic Abusive Head Trauma
8. Nursing Care
9. Social Services
10. Autopsy Findings
11. Forensic Investigations
12. Prosecution and Courtroom Issues
13. Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of Abusive 14. Head Trauma
15. Prevention and Education

Lori D. Frasier, MD, FAAP

Lori Frasier is the medical director of Medical Assessment at the Center for Safe and Healthy Families at Primary Children’s Medical Center and associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah. Formerly, she was an assistant professor of Child Health and the director of the Child Protection Program and Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Lori Frasier graduated from the University of Utah College of Medicine in 1995, completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital and Medical Center/University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and held a fellowship at the University of Washington’s Sexual Assault Center. Lori Frasier has authored several articles and chapters and lectured locally, regionally, and nationally on subjects related to child maltreatment.

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Kay Rauth-Farley, MD, FAAP

Kay Rauth-Farley is a board certified pediatrician who specializes in forensic pathology (child abuse and neglect evaluation). Dr. Farley is a graduate of Creighton University, the Creighton University School of Medicine, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In 1989 Dr. Farley joined The Children’s Health Center of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona as a pediatric faculty member. She was the Medical Director of the Child Abuse Assessment Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital (now known as the Arizona Children’s Center). From 1998-2001 Dr. Farley was on the staff of the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Her duties there consisted of serving as a member of the CARE team, which evaluated children suspected of being abused or neglected. Dr. Farley accepted her position as the Medical Director of Sunflower House, a children’s advocacy center, in 2003. In 2006, Dr. Farley was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Children’s Alliance, the oversight organization in DC that accredits Children’s Advocacy Centers. Dr. Farley has received numerous awards, including a proclamation from then Arizona Governor Jane D. Hull, the U.S. Customs Office in Phoenix, the Phoenix Police Department, Child Protective Services of Arizona, the Mary Paul O’Grady Award for the Pursuit of Social Justice presented by the Sisters of Mercy of St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Humanitarian Award presented by the residents and faculty of the Children’s Health Center, and numerous teaching awards.

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Randell Alexander, MD, PhD

Randell Alexander, MD, PhD is a professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida and the Morehouse School of Medicine and has served on several state child death review committees. He is an active researcher, lectures widely, and testifies frequently in major child abuse cases throughout the country.

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Robert N. Parrish, JD

Robert N. Parrish, JD began his legal career in the Utah Attorney General’s Office in 1980. In 1983, after representing the Utah Department of Public Safety as its sole counsel and presenting criminal appeals before the Utah Supreme Court, he became a prosecutor and managed trials of all kinds before specializing in child abuse prosecution in the late 1980s. Parrish has worked on both child protection cases and criminal cases involving proof of child abuse issues. While deputy director of the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome from July 2000 to 2002, Parrish consulted on hundreds of cases all over the world, authored a training curriculum for law enforcement and CPS investigators, and wrote articles and chapters for several prosecution and medical texts. Parrish has presented training in England, Australia, and throughout the United States on a variety of topics relating to abusive head trauma in children and focusing on the legal system’s role in responding to this severe form of child abuse. In 2002, Parrish returned to state government as a Guardian ad Litem, representing abused, neglected, and delinquent children in juvenile court and managing six other attorneys and staff.

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I was excited to find this reference book and I’m sharing the information with all of my peers.

Ms. Pamela S. Rowse

This quick reference guide helps health care professionals, social workers, law enforcement officials, and others responsible for child welfare recognize the physical signs of abusive head trauma and the differences between injuries caused by accidents and those perpetrated intentionally. This covers the biomechanics of injuries, neuroradiology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, associated injuries, medical disorders that mimic abusive head trauma, nursing care, social services, autopsy findings and forensic investigation, prosecution and courtroom issues, neurodevelopmental outcomes of abusive head trauma, prevention and education. Includes crime scene photos, clinical and autopsy photographs, and medical imagery.

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