History of SIDS
Dr. P.V. Woolley, Jr., published an article in the Journal
of Pediatrics exploring the
relationship of mechanical suffocation during infancy to
the problem of sudden
infant death. He argued that much evidence for the belief
that healthy infants die
from suffocation rests on folklore.
Drs. J.J. Werne and I. Garrow of the Office of the Medical
Examiner in New York
City published the first systematic, documented, detailed
and objective analysis of
a series of SIDS autopsies in the American Journal of Pathology.
The Guild for Infant Survival and the National SIDS
Foundation, voluntary parent
support organizations, are founded.
First international conference on causes of sudden infant
death is held in Seattle,
Second international conference on causes of sudden death
in infants is held in
The term SIDS is coined and defined as the sudden death
of any infant or young
child, which is unexpected by history, and in which
a thorough postmortem examination fails to demonstrate an
adequate cause of death.
First U.S. Senate hearings held on sudden infant death.
First Federal funds earmarked for SIDS research.