The Bean Trees

What disturbing information was revealed in Turtle's x-rays?


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He shows Taylor x-rays of Turtle's compound fractures and says that although he assumed Turtle was two years old, the x-rays indicate that she is actually three.

The doctor reveals that Turtle has stopped growing due to the incident

Taylor tells Dr. P that she suspects Turtle was molested. Dr. P suggests that Turtle suffers from a condition called a "failure to thrive," for sometimes in an environment of physical or emotional deprivation a child will simply stop growing. He suggests that the condition is reversible.