Letters

Cot death among Maori

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6990.1330b (Published 20 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1330
  1. David Tipene-Leach
  1. Director of Maori cot death prevention programme Department of Community Health, Auckland University School of Medicine, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand

    EDITOR,—Charles Essex implies that the cot death rate has failed to fall in the Maori community because “advice not to share the bed has alienated leaders of some ethnic groups, who claim that it goes against traditional infant care practices.”1 Essex seems to be placing the blame directly on to the Maori community and absolving the public health system for its failure to deal with cot death among Maori.

    The higher cot death rate in Maori than non-Maori since the …

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