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November 12, 1982

Crib Death: The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

JAMA. 1982;248(18):2347. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330180093053

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During the past 20 years, the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) has gained recognition as a major cause of death in infants. Other than the published proceedings of the International SIDS Conferences, this seems to be the first book devoted exclusively to the subject of SIDS.

The book contains nine chapters. The first chapter is a chronological overview of the development of our knowledge of SIDS. The subsequent chapters provide in-depth coverage of SIDS, including the pathology, epidemiology, "near-miss SIDS," theories of cardiovascular cause, possible respiratory causes, miscellaneous causal theories, maternal factors, management, and prevention. The book contains 350 well-chosen references, more than twice the number contained in several recent state-of-the-art articles published in medical journals. It contains five pages of well-organized index.

This work gains from the fact that the author has been a leader in SIDS research over the past 14 years. Also, he has participated in the