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

By Abraham B. Bergman | Go to book overview

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Abraham Bergman, born in Seattle in 1932, was graduated from Reed College in 1954, and Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1958. He received his postgraduate training in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital Medical School ( London), and Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He is currently Director of Pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center, and Professor of Pediatrics and Health Services at the University of Washington in Seattle. He served as president of the National SIDS Foundation from 1972-1977, and is the author of 26 publications concerning Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

In 1966 Dr. Bergman began the practice of what he calls "political medicine," which he defines as "employment of the political system to achieve improvements in health." To this end, he has been the major instigator of such national legislation as the Flammable Fabrics Act Amendments ( 1967), the Poison Prevention Packaging Act ( 1970), the National Health Service Corps ( 1972), the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Act ( 1974), and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act ( 1976). He received the Rockefeller Public Service Award in 1979 for his work in public health. He is married to Ann Bergman, publisher of Seattle's Child, and is the father of five children.

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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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