Because of these two distinct and conflicting forms, one might ask, "[W]hich use of battered child syndrome do you believe?
THE HISTORICAL EVOLUTION OF THE BATTERED CHILD SYNDROME
One researcher has indicated that "oversensitivity or hyposensitivity of the children to the pain, insufficient history to the explanation of the trauma's features, the time between the approval of the patient for physical examination and trauma's exact time may lead us to the diagnosis of battered child syndrome.
Henry Kempe's landmark article on The Battered Child Syndrome in 1962 is generally credited as a turning point in the history of child abuse.
But a specifically medical reference makes something dramatically new possible: If battered child syndrome is a medically diagnosable condition, if it is so prevalent now that we believe there is a "tragic increase,"(157) if it is indeed a public health crisis, then abuse need no longer be confined to the few, to the usual suspects.