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although i m not an older:p....i shall answer

it is written in conrad fischer usmle medical ethics 100 cases book, the very first lines abt child abuse dat,

" physicians are mandatory reporters of child abuse. this means taht the physician has the duty to report child abuse even if they feel uncomfortable. there is no discretion whether or not to report abuse. in addition, even suspected child abuse shall be reported."

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