Friday, March 13, 2015

Boston U. Professor Criticized for Defending Parents Accused of Maltreatment

The Chronicle of Higher Education
March 13th, 2015

A Boston University professor of medicine is drawing the ire of child-abuse specialists for testifying in court that a rare bone disorder can lead to fractures in infants, reports the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Michael F. Holick has testified pro bono on behalf of parents accused of maltreatment in two dozen cases, he said.
Critics charge that Dr. Holick, who is not a pediatrician, has no scientific evidence to back up the claim that Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can lead to bone fractures. Dr. Holick says that he has experience with patients who have the syndrome, and that future medical studies on the syndrome will show he is in the right.

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