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Physical Abuse—or Mimic?

Physical Abuse—or Mimic?

A young woman I work with told me recently that she still remembers the trauma from the many broken bones she experienced during her childhood. She was so traumatized by the frequent fractures and emergency department (ED) visits that she did not want children of her own. She recounts that fractures often happened on vacation and she would end up in an unfamiliar hospital. She recalls the ED doctor always asked the appropriate questions but always came to the same conclusion. She also recalls talking to social workers, in a room separate from her parents, and they came to the same conclusion based on what her mother told them.

Was this woman abused as a child or is there another possible explanation?

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