America: A hesitant downward trend

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 07 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:8
  1. John Roberts

    Rates of cot death have fallen recently in the US, but experts are unsure whether the trend will continue. In 1992 the National Center for Health Statistics reported 4891 cases of the sudden infant death syndrome. Because of reporting error, however, the number is probably closer to 6000, according to Dr Marian Willinger, health scientist administrator at the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development.

    US death rates have …

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