The preeminent pediatric pathologist and the first to coin this term, J. Bruce Beckwith, MD, reviews the historical background and evolution of attitudes toward the diagnosis of SIDS. Unfortunately, in 2003, the question of etiology and pathogenesis of SIDS is far from resolved; many questions and issues remain unanswered. Although a substantial reduction in SIDS deaths after the back-to-sleep campaign has been reported, there is still a significant number of infants who die suddenly and unexpectedly (including classical SIDS). Clearly the problem of SIDS has not gone away, and further painstaking research will be required to one day eliminate this tragedy.
Cutz E. New Challenges for SIDS Research. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003;157(3):292-293. doi:10.1001/archpedi.157.3.292