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February 1983

Crib Death: The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Author Affiliations

University of Rochester Medical Center 601 Elmwood Ave Rochester, NY 14642


by Warren G. Guntheroth, 220 pp, $26.50, Mount Kisco, NY, Futura Publishing Co, 1982.

Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(2):189. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140280081032

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The time is right for a current and comprehensive monograph about the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), and Guntheroth has published just such a volume. In contrast with at least three previous comprehensive reviews (published proceedings of symposia and therefore multiauthored), Guntheroth's Crib Death: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is all his own writing. As a consequence, the style is uniform, and the organization is carefully conceived and adhered to. The potential for a diminished perspective, as a consequence of this monograph being the work of only a single author, is minimized by Guntheroth's long-term and in-depth knowledge about most theories and research on SIDS. His comprehensive, critical, and usually objective review of much of the extensive SIDS literature makes this volume important reading, as well as a valuable reference for anyone interested in SIDS. The interpretation and explanation of conflicting published reports necessarily introduces an intermittently personalized tone and personal