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September 16, 1998

The Death of Innocents

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(11):965-967. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-11-jbk0916

To the Editor.—We were dismayed to read that, based on hearsay evidence, the work by Naeye1 on the histologic effects of hypoxia in SIDS was "discredited." This occurred in the book review by Dr Wecht2 of The Death of Innocents: A True Story of Murder, Medicine, and High-Stakes Medicine, and again in his response to the restrained and accurate criticisms of his review by Dr Gilbert-Barness.3 Rather than offer citations for his opinions from scientific, peer-reviewed journals, Wecht offers quotations from the reviewed book written by reporters Richard Firstman and Jamie Talan,4 whose claim to fame, in this instance, is writing a good whodunit mystery.

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