To the Editor.—

Two contributions to the December, 1989, issue of Pediatrics combine to point out one of the difficulties inherent in our trying to deal objectively with the emotionally ladened topic of child abuse. Table 1 is a depiction of the results from a hypothetical screening check-list,1 with reasonably good sensitivity (33/40 ≃ 0.82) and specificity (8765/9960 ≃ 0.88), that gets rejected on the grounds that it produces too many "false accusations" (1195 of 1228 ≃ 0.97).2

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