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Sudden infant death syndrome: a critical review of approaches to research
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    Critical review of approaches to SIDS research

    Dear Editor

    It is gratifying that Professor Byard agrees in principal over the need for SIDS research to be continually re-assessed in regard to the ‘diagnosis’ of SIDS, and the problems associated with understanding its pathogenesis.[1] We clearly differ in our views of the epidemiology of SIDS.

    From the outset, there is no argument about prone sleep position being a proven risk factor for SIDS, and for...

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    SIDS rates and risk campaigns
    • Roger W. Byard, Forensic Pathologist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Henry F. Krous, and Torleiv O. Rognum

    Dear Editor

    We were interested in the paper by Goldwater calling for a critical review of approaches to research in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).[1]

    We would agree that SIDS research needs to be continually re-assessed due both to difficulties in establishing this ‘diagnosis’, and to problems associated with understanding aetiological mechanisms. However, the suggestion that the fall in SIDS rates has...

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