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Appendix A

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, Washington.


Second international conference on causes of sudden death in infants is held in Seattle, Washington.

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.