Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
In Reply.—I am constrained to strongly
disagree with Dr Gilbert-Barness' contention that the "allegations" set forth
in my book review regarding Dr Naeye's findings of "7 tissue markers" are
erroneous. If anything, I understated the actual status of Naeye's findings,
both at the present time and as set forth in the Firstman-Talan book, The Death of Innocents.
On page 334 of the book, several comments are attributed to Dr Beckwith
that clearly demonstrated his deep skepticism of the scientific validity of
Naeye's findings more than 20 years ago when Naeye initially presented the
"7 tissue markers of SIDS." Dr Valdez-Dapena stated, "He came up with all
seven of his markers in three years. It took me three years just to do one."
Valdez-Dapena also set forth in her published papers that there was "not a
statistically significant difference between the tissues of SIDS babies and
that of babies who died of other causes."
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