Letters SIDS paper

Special report adds nothing new, say paper authors

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39070.643009.3A (Published 04 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:7
  1. R G Carpenter, honorary professor1,
  2. A Waite, national co-ordinator, CONI Programme2,
  3. R C Coombs, consultant neonatologist3,
  4. C Daman-Willems, consultant paediatrician4,
  5. A McKenzie, research fellow5,
  6. J Huber, consultant paediatric pathologist (retired)6
  1. 1Medical Statistics Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Population Science, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London WC1E 7HT bob.carpenter@lshtm.ac.uk
  2. 2Academic Unit of Child Health, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Children's Hospital, Sheffield S10 2TH
  3. 3Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Jessop Wing, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield S10 2SF
  4. 4University Hospital, Lewisham, London SE13 6LH
  5. 5Medical Statistics Unit, Department of Epidemiology and Population Science, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  6. 6University Hospital for Children and Youth, 3501 CA Utrecht, Netherlands

    We were disappointed that Gornall's article1 was published without a response from us. It added nothing new.2 3 Our paper reviewed the first 57 deaths on the CONI (Care Of Next Infant), programme. We reaffirm that nine deaths were inevitable (recognised cause), and of the 48 unexpected deaths, seven were probable homicide.

    Professor Emery led the CONI …

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