The "Discovery" of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Lessons in the Practice of Political Medicine

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APPENDIX V

92d Congress
2d session

S.J. RES. 206

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

February 17, 1972

Mr. Mondale (for himself, Mr. Beall, Mr. Cranston, Mr. Eagleton, Mr. Hughes, Mr.
Javits, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Magnuson, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Packwood, Mr. Pell, Mr.
Randolph, Mr. Schweiker, Mr. Stevenson, Mr. Weicker, and Mr. Williams)
introduced the following joint resolution; which was read twice and referred
to the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare


JOINT RESOLUTION

Relating to sudden infant death syndrome.

Whereas sudden infant death syndrome kills more infants between the age of one month and one year than any other disease; and

Whereas the cause and prevention of sudden infant death syndrome are unknown; and

Whereas there is a lack of adequate knowledge about the disease and its effects among the public and professionals who come into contact with it: Therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That it is the purpose of this joint resolution to assure that the maximum resources and effort be concentrated on medical research into sudden infant death syndrome and on the extension of services to families who lose children to the disease.

SEC. 2. The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, is hereby directed to designate the search for a cause and prevention of sudden infant death syndrome as one of the top priorities in intramural research efforts and in the awarding of research and research training grants and fellowships; and to encourage researchers to submit proposals for investigations of sudden infant death syndrome.

SEC. 3. The Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare is directed to develop, publish, and distribute literature to be used in educating and counseling coroners, medical examiners, nurses, social workers, and similar personnel and

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  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Appendixes x
  • Introduction xi
  • 1 1
  • 2 - What is Sids? 8
  • 3 - Disturbing the Peace 18
  • 4 - The Battle Plan 29
  • 5 - The Power of Warren Magnuson 41
  • 6 - Sensitizing Professionals 50
  • 7 - The Mondale Hearings 57
  • 8 - Campaigning on the Local Level 68
  • 9 - Our Nader Report"" 81
  • 10 - The Satisficers 93
  • 11 - House Hearings 101
  • 12 - Senate Hearings: Second Round 107
  • 13 117
  • 14 - Implementation: Pushing on a Rope 124
  • 15 - Keeping the Foundation Afloat 136
  • 16 - Collaborating with Nimh 146
  • 17 - A Dual System for Helping Families 152
  • 18 - The Mobilization Contract 163
  • 19 - Calling the Cops 172
  • Epilogue 184
  • Glossary of Names 197
  • Appendix I 203
  • Appendix II 206
  • Appendix III 209
  • Appendix VI 211
  • Appendix V 214
  • Appendix VI 216
  • Appendix VII 218
  • Appendix VIII 221
  • Index 233
  • About the Author 239
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