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Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) (cont.)

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Author: Patrick L Carolan, MD, Medical Director of Minnesota Sudden Infant Death Center, Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota; Adjunct Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School.

Coauthor(s): Shahram Tabib, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Martin Luther King/Charles R Drew Medical Center; Thomas Tsou, MD, Director of Fast Tract and Pediatrics, Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Charles R Drew University and University of California at Los Angeles.

Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor,

Previous contributing editors: Brian F Chinnock, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor III, MD, Vice-Chief, Compliance Officer, Attending Physician Emergency Medicine Residency, Department of Emergency Medicine, Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, University of South Carolina


Carolan, Patrick. "Sudden Infant Death Syndrome." Oct. 1, 2009. <>.

Last Editorial Review: 1/5/2010

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