Setting the Record Straight

Norman Guthkelch Urges Experts to ‘Stop Shouting at One Another and Look at the Facts’

PODCAST: Retired Doctor Challenges Shaken-Baby Syndrome Orthodoxy

Norman Guthklech, a 96-year-old retired pediatric neurosurgeon from Britain, lives at Three Crowns Park retirement community in Evanston, Ill. (Alison Flowers/Medill)

By Katie Brennan and Nick Castele
Medill Innocence Project
Updated: Sept. 8, 2012

Retired British pediatric neurosurgeon Norman Guthkelch is in the twilight of his life. But at 96, he is spending his final days in Evanston, Ill., working diligently to correct what he believes are distortions of his seminal medical research published more than 40 years ago. His work contributed to the foundation of shaken-baby syndrome as a basis for criminal prosecutions that have sent caregivers of infants to prison for what they say are wrongful murder convictions.

Last spring, Guthkelch reached out to the investigative journalism class supported by the Medill Innocence Project at Northwestern University when he learned of the students’ investigation into shaken-baby syndrome. Here is Guthkelch’s story.

One Response to Setting the Record Straight

  1. Sean Heusdens says:

    Shaken Babies
    There are problems with what are shaken babies, which the issue maybe a half full glass? John Caffrey is flawed and anyone that used research of Caffrey maybe flawed. You must have shaken baby medical record to see flaws, just as I do with my son’s record to see the problems. Therefore Mult-tier look to cutting number by use screening for Nutritional levels and metals in blood of child before vaccines are given to every child. Vaccines are needed tools that run risks. Therefore, shaken baby maybe keep rising in USA, which Japan are later ages? Why? The child abuse may easy way to explain an issue that maybe more of a chemical change in child metabolism, which maybe over the heads of the general population. I took seven years to finally see the issues more then if child was shaken. These children maybe more at risks for damage of shakes due to the condition or cause by the condition, and normal child maybe fine. Furthermore it still not clear that the average person can produce enough G force in shake to cause the Shaken Baby Syndrome, which maybe talk about as force equal to a fall from third story building. You maybe both right on this issue in some of these cases, so why keep doing the same thing all the time when number keep going up and up. My mother told me that is just stupid if you want a different result. Divide we all fall and so do the children. United we will never fail.

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