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Forum Home > SDH (Subdural Hematoma) > SBS Confessions Used as Scientific Proof Dr. Squier (2007)

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Please see the medical journal that speaks to Ommaya's Department of Transportation studies that were used to create the hypothesis of Shaken Baby Syndrome.  It speaks of how 11 out of the 18 adult Rhesus monkeys with diffuse axonal injury additionally had neck injury.  This is telling when considering that SBS is made as a diagnosis without neck injury or microscopic evidence of diffuse axonal injury in the brain (impossible at present time to determine without autopsy and microscopic viewing of the brain).


Science cannot be based on confessions, Dr. Squier tells fellow medical professionals in this review.  Since when did the scientific method rely on a group of people taking a plea in a courtroom?



DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.2007.02004.x


Shaken baby syndrome: the quest for evidence


Waney Squier FRCP FRCPath, Department of Neuropathology,

John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK.



"Shaken baby syndrome (SBS), characterized by the triad of

subdural haemorrhage, retinal haemorrhage, and

encephalopathy, was initially based on the hypothesis that

shaking causes tearing of bridging veins and bilateral

subdural bleeding. It remains controversial. New evidence

since SBS was first defined three decades ago needs to be

reviewed. Neuropathology shows that most cases do not have

traumatic axonal injury, but hypoxic–ischaemic injury and

brain swelling. This may allow a lucid interval, which

traumatic axonal injury will not. Further, the thin subdural

haemorrhages in SBS are unlike the thick unilateral space-

occupying clots of trauma. They may not originate from

traumatic rupture of bridging veins but from vessels injured

by hypoxia and haemodynamic disturbances, as originally

proposed by Cushing in 1905. Biomechanical studies have

repeatedly failed to show that shaking alone can generate the

triad in the absence of significant neck injury. Impact is

needed and, indeed, seems to be the cause of the majority of

cases of so-called SBS. Birth-related subdural bleeds are

much more frequent than previously thought and their

potential to cause chronic subdural collections and mimic SBS

remains to be established."


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