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Invited Critique
March 2003

I Agree With Beckwith

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2003;157(3):291. doi:10.1001/archpedi.157.3.291

The proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Causes of Sudden Death in Infants cited by Beckwith also contain summary statement discussions. In one of them,1 the noted pediatric pathologist Benjamin Landing, MD, declared that some of the hypotheses discussed were so close to unanimous acceptance that "the method of strong inference" might be applied.1 Landing elucidated the inherent difficulty in proving a hypothesis ultimately correct and concluded that it was much easier to prove a hypothesis wrong.