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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:0

A middling week for paediatric epidemiology and a bad week for the establishmentAt the beginning of 1990 intramuscular vitamin K was given to newborn infants to prevent haemorrhagic disease and the causes of the sudden infant death syndrome were largely unknown. By the end of the year paediatricians were worried that vitamin K might cause leukaemia or cancer and had good evidence that a prone sleeping position and overheating were risk factors for the sudden infant death syndrome. The anxieties about vitamin K didn't have a big impact until they hit the front page of the Daily Mail a British newspaper, in 1992. A case-control study was published later in the …

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