To the Editor: Bass et al. (July 10 issue)1 recommend on-site, after-the-fact death-scene investigations of the deaths of infants who are dead on arrival at emergency rooms and whose cause of death is reported to be sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The accompanying editorial2 outlines the difficulty that medical examiners encounter in investigating all deaths that are classified as SIDS and considered due to natural but undetermined causes. In the absence of a visit to the scene and complete information on a medical report form, a detailed autopsy with microscopical findings cannot rule out such causes as asphyxia and hyperthermia….
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