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The Syndrome (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 April 2016 (USA)
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An explosive documentary focused on a team of doctors who expose the junk science behind an unprecedented criminal justice crisis.


Meryl Goldsmith
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Credited cast:
Dale Akiki Dale Akiki ... Self (archive footage)
Randell Alexander Randell Alexander ... Self (archive footage)
Gerald Amirault Gerald Amirault ... Self (archive footage)
Patrick Barnes Patrick Barnes ... Self
Ronald Barr Ronald Barr ... Self (archive footage)
Toni Blake Toni Blake ... Self (archive footage)
Robert Block Robert Block ... Self (archive footage)
Milo Bodnar Milo Bodnar ... Self (archive footage)
David Bowdish David Bowdish ... Self (archive footage)
Rashi Brisbon Rashi Brisbon ... Self (archive footage)
Jerry Brown ... Self (archive footage)
Tenicia Brown Tenicia Brown ... Self (archive footage)
Peggy McMartin Buckey Peggy McMartin Buckey ... Self (archive footage)
Ray Buckey Ray Buckey ... Self (archive footage)
John Caffey John Caffey ... Self (archive footage)


Audrey Edmunds, mother of three, spent 11 years in prison for killing a baby she never harmed. And she is not alone. What happens when widely held beliefs based on junk science lead to the convictions of innocent people? The Syndrome is an explosive documentary following the crusade of a group of doctors, scientists, and legal scholars who have uncovered that "Shaken Baby Syndrome," a child abuse theory responsible for hundreds of prosecutions each year in the US, is not scientifically valid. In fact, they say, it does not even exist. Filmmaker Meryl Goldsmith teams with Award-winning investigative reporter Susan Goldsmith to document the unimaginable nightmare for those accused and shine a light on the men and women dedicating their lives to defending the prosecuted and freeing the convicted. The Syndrome uncovers the origins of the myth of "Shaken Baby Syndrome." It unflinchingly identifies those who have built careers and profited from this theory along with revealing their ... Written by The Syndrome

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Great Film about Shaken Baby Syndrome (aka Abusive Head Trauma)
1 June 2015 | by Ken-208See all my reviews

This film is very well done. Shaken Baby Syndrome is a term that is sometimes used to prosecute parents and caregivers of babies who develop brain injuries. The film calls in to question the lack of science behind this syndrome and how over-zealous prosecutors have used this syndrome to convict and imprison hundreds of people and take children away from families. There are numerous other illnesses, accidents, and medical conditions that can cause trauma to the brain and often a misdiagnosis can cause significant problems for people who's children are misdiagnosed. In fact, many doctors and scientists now believe that the syndrome is a myth and does not really exist. The 3 doctors who came up with the syndrome also were responsible for an earlier syndrome called Satanic Ritual Abuse that was used to spread hysteria and many people were accused and convicted of abusing children for satanic purposes in the 1980s. Overtime many experts came to regard Satanic Ritual Abuse as having no credence. This film does a good job showing how believing "experts" without questioning their beliefs or validating their "science" of their beliefs can lead to major problems. It also shows how egos, self interest, irrationality, and cognitive dissonance can cause people to hold on to beliefs that are not backed up by science.

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