(Received 30 September 1977; accepted 19 October 1977)
Published Online: 1978
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Although instances of the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) have been described as occurring under diverse circumstances of sleep, the impression has been fostered that the victim is almost invariably found dead in his crib (hence the term “crib” or “cot” death). However, information developed over the past decade in Tennessee  and elsewhere (13.1% of SIDS fatalities in Oklahoma investigated over a two-year period were found dead in their parents' beds)  and more recent data from the District of Columbia Medical Examiner's Office  have tended to dispel this notion.
Chief medical examiner, Washington, D.C.,
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