Religious exemptions from child abuse statutes

N. C. Fost, W. G. Bartholome, W. R. Bell, A. R. Fleischman, A. F. Kohrman, W. B. Weil, K. J. Ryan, A. Shaw

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Children sometimes die or become disabled when they fail to receive medical treatment because of the strongly held religious or philosophical beliefs or practices of their parents. The numbers of such incidents of neglect are hard to ascertain reliably, but there are increasingly frequent reports in the mass media. We believe the reported cases represent the most extreme examples of a larger problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-171
Number of pages3
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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