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December 28, 1970

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Author Affiliations

Bethesda, Md

JAMA. 1970;214(13):2341. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03180130073032

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The sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) claims one out of every 350 infants as its victim. Death comes unexpectedly and inexplicably while the infant sleeps in his crib. Microepidemics of SIDS occur, attacking by preference the infants of poorer families in crowded urban dwellings.

The investigation of this syndrome gained impetus from the First International Conference on SIDS held in 1963. "The purpose of the 1969 conference was to subject the work performed in the past five years to critical review, and again to recommend future research priorities." The substance of this latter meeting has now been published by the University of Washington Press. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome contains sections on terminology, epidemiology, pathology, virology, and physiology. The appendix describes the role of lay groups in supporting the victims' parents, educating the public, and stimulating research. An extensive list of references is provided.

The book, despite the claims of editors