Much has been written in recent years about the doubts that have arisen over the veracity of traditional “shaken baby syndrome” (SBS) theory. And not only has that drumbeat continued, but it has also intensified.
The media has been awakening to the injustices visited upon too many innocent infant caregivers by a justice system and a pediatric medical establishment that have brainwashed themselves into blind, unquestioning belief in a 40 year old unsubstantiated theory.
An example of this coverage is a recent SBS case in the San Francisco bay area. Read the CBS Channel 5 San Francisco story here.
Clearly, the US has lagged behind other developed countries in its recognition of the new scientific realities regarding SBS. Canada has been much more proactive in revisiting old SBS convictions because of new scientific knowledge. In light of the new scientific understandings, the Ontario government ordered a comprehensive review of all SBS convictions in 2008. See stories from the Toronto Star here and here.
This EXCELLENT article by Radley Balko for The Washington Post addresses not only the new science but also the barriers our justice system erects that prevent correction of wrongful SBS convictions.
A big part of the problem in the “SBS wars” is that at least one side doesn’t “listen,” and true, objective science has been a neglected casualty – at least from the standpoint of the positions of many major players. Both sides point the finger at the other, but my (editorial) view is that the entrenched SBS/triad advocates are desperately trying to “save face” by preserving 40 years of tragically incorrect dogma. Admittedly somewhat humorous, here’s how I see a “discussion” between the pediatric medical establishment and anyone who questions their classical position on SBS and the “triad.” Unfortunately, there’s nothing humorous about the reality of the situation.