There aren't too many controversies in pediatrics. Well, except for vaccines, sunscreen, ADHD medications, spanking, the use and over-use of antibiotics, Tiger Moms, attachment parenting, and circumcision, etc.
Maybe pediatrics and parenting does have its fair share of controversial issues.
Reports of a pediatrician sexually abusing his patients would have to be one of the most controversial and terrible issues to hear about though. As surprising as it is, the case of Dr. Melvin Levine, a pediatrician, who was once associated with Children's Hospital Boston, is not the only case like this in the news recently. Dr. Earl Bradley, a pediatrician in Delaware, was recently indicted after being charged with molesting 103 children in his office.
Mel Levine graduated from Harvard Medical School, taught at Children's Hospital Boston, and was considered one of the leading experts on learning disabilities, writing a number of books, including A Mind at a Time and The Myth of Laziness. Unfortunately, lawsuits claim that Dr. Levine was also sexually abusing his patients. He committed suicide a day after a class action lawsuit was filed by 40 of his former patients.
Stories like this make you wonder who you can trust sometimes. It shouldn't necessarily be that you can't trust anyone though, but maybe no one should get a free pass if you suspect something isn't right.