Volume 22, Issue 2 (April 1977)
A Review of Why Did My Baby Die?
The title of this slim book, hardly more than a bound pamphlet, is meant to catch the browser's eye in the local library. It caught mine, perhaps because I have heard the question put sometimes angrily, sometimes beseechingly, and was therefore naturally curious about the authors' answer. The message is essentially Paul's recommendation to the Corinthians—faith, hope, and charity: faith that continued investigation will turn up something useful; hope that this will come about in the near future; and especially charity, the greatest of the three, directed toward the stunned and grieving parents. If you must deal with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), be you policeman, physician, neighbor, relative, or friend, then perusal of this book will be worth your while. The authors' style is vigorous, their argument lucid; their rhetoric is sometimes polemical, but nearly always persuasive. Summing up: a helpful book on a distressingly common mystery.