Sue Luttner

technical and medical writer

Sue Luttner is a technical writer and occasional journalist who has found herself following an astonishing medico-legal controversy. Her work on this blog presents what is today the minority opinion in an ongoing debate surrounding shaken baby syndrome, renamed "abusive head trauma" in 2009 by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Her blog posting "My Front-Row Seat at a Bitter Professional Debate" explains how she was drawn into the arena through a family she knew and then followed the story to the medical library and beyond.

She maintains a web site about shaken baby syndrome at

She administers a Facebook page about SBS at


Dr. A. Norman Guthkelch, the pioneering pediatric neurosurgeon who first proposed in print that shaking an infant could cause bleeding in the lining of the brain, died quietly last week in Toledo, Ohio, a month short of his 101st birthday.

Physicians and attorneys in Boston, Massachusetts, where the Louise Woodward trial brought shaken baby theory onto the national stage, are heading into another battle over infant shaking, as pediatricians clash with the medical examiner about the diagnosis.

After winning 9 awards from 13 nominations at independent film festivals since its premiere in the fall of 2014, “The Syndrome” by Meryl and Susan Goldsmith is now available on demand in North America, the first documentary distributed by Freestyle Digital Media.

In a 96-page decision packed with irony, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) in Britain has declared pediatric neuropathologist Waney Squier guilty of practicing outside her area of expertise and bringing the reputation of the medical profession into disrepute.

What started out as a feel-good story about the kindness of strangers has turned into a CPS nightmare for a family in the Pacific northwest, where doctors at Seattle Children’s Hospital have accused Thomas Everson and his wife Brandi McNerny Everson of exaggerating their son’s disabilities.