"Hundreds of scientists and paediatricians have called on the General Medical Council to reinstate a leading doctor who was struck off the medical register for her controversial views on shaken baby syndrome. Waney Squier, a neuropathologist, will appeal against the GMC’s ruling next week at the High Court. Three-hundred and fifty experts have written a public letter to the British Medical Journal urging the GMC to change its mind so she can practise again. Dr Squier has said shaken baby syndrome is “rubbish”. She claims that bleeding over the brain, blood collecting behind the eyes and brain damage — all of which are associated with the condition — can be caused by other factors such as an epileptic fit. Signatories include many experts who do not share Dr Squier’s views but believe her contribution to neuropathology and shaken baby syndrome is so valuable she should carry on. They include Professor Peter Fleming, the man credited with dramatically cutting the number of cot deaths by saying babies should sleep on their backs, and Sir Iain Chalmers, the award-winning scientist."
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