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A Reintroduction to Pediatric Medicine for Forensic Psychiatrists

  • Sarla Inamdar
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 4)

Abstract

Worldwide, the health of children is influenced by many factors, such as nutritional deficiencies, the prevalence of infectious diseases, and the cultural, economic, educational, and sociopolitical environment. Pediatrics, as a specialty, has expanded its scope in this century, particularly in the last 50 years.1 The United States has been successful in decreasing the infant morality rate (IMR) from 200/1000 live births in the late 19th century to 75/1000 in 1925 and 10.9/1000 in 1984. This decline in IMR can be attributed to the control of infectious diseases, nutritional support, well-child care, and effective management of metabolic disturbances in children. Also important have been the discovery of antibiotics and effective antibacterial agents, sophisticated technological advances and expertise in the management of newborns and premature infants, exponential increase in the body of knowledge in pediatric subspecialties to care effectively for children with chronic illnesses, genetic disorders, and congenital malformations.

Keywords

Child Abuse Prenatal Care Primary Care Pediatrician Pediatric Medicine Adolescent Growth Spurt 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarla Inamdar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsNew York Medical CollegeValhallaUSA

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