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Can children tell the truth? Evaluating claims of abuse

Can children tell the truth? Evaluating claims of abuse

How, asked Michael E. Lamb, Ph.D. ’76, should police, psychologists and social workers evaluate children’s claims of sexual abuse? Speaking at pediatric grand rounds in April, Lamb, a professor at Cambridge University in England, said that a child’s testimony may be the only evidence. “Most incidents of sexual abuse take place in private,” he said. “In most cases, the primary source of information is the child.”But children’s claims have received numerous courtroom challenges. Some forensic psychologists maintain that children can’t remember, that they indulge in fantasy and that they can’t distinguish between truth and inventions. These...

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Advocating protection against cervical cancer

Advocating protection against cervical cancer

“This is my favorite topic,” said Laura Koutsky, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at the University...

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Granting patents on genes hinders biotech research

Granting patents on genes hinders biotech research

Companies shouldn’t hold patents on genes any more than they should own the air we breathe, said...

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Bringing values, relationships back into medicine

Bringing values, relationships back into medicine

Sarah L. Berga, M.D., administered a dose of idealism to residents in the Department of Obstetrics,...

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