Norman Guthkelch Urges Experts to ‘Stop Shouting at One Another and Look at the Facts’
PODCAST: Retired Doctor Challenges Shaken-Baby Syndrome Orthodoxy
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.