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  • 600 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 662 pages
  • Size: 246 x 189 mm
  • Weight: 1.617 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 618.92/0078
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: RJ520.S83 B98 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Sudden death in children
    • Sudden death in adolescence
    • Sudden infant death syndrome

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521825825 | ISBN-10: 0521825822)

This unique, comprehensive survey of virtually all aspects of sudden death in infants and childhood will be an essential source of reference for pathologists, clinicians and lawyers who deal with such cases. Individual sections deal in detail with deaths due to inflicted and non-inflicted injuries and to natural diseases. This new edition includes 1200 new references, 300 new illustrations and an extensively revised chapter on sudden infant death syndrome. The intentional injury chapter has additional material on head trauma, the biomechanics of injury, neonaticide, suicide and subtle and unusual trauma. The chapter on non-intentional injury has also been expanded to more accurately reflect its importance as a cause of death. Deaths in the first week of life are also covered. This new edition also covers the full range of natural causes of death, and their pathological investigation undertaken in light of advances in our understanding of genetic susceptibility and pathophysiology.

• Extensively revised, up-dated and expanded edition: 300 new illustrations and 1200 new references • Provides a benchmark for all medico-legal aspects of investigating sudden childhood death, whether accidental or non-accidental • Written by one of the most eminent international authorities


Foreword Bernard Knight; Preface to second edition; Preface to first edition; Part I. Introduction: 1. Sudden paediatric death - an overview; Part II. Unintentional Trauma: 2. Accidents Roger W. Byard and Stephen D. Cohle; Part III. Intentional Trauma: 3. Homicides and suicides Stephen D. Cohle and Roger W. Byard; Part IV. Natural Disease: 4. Infectious conditions; 5. Cardiac conditions; 6. Vascular Conditions; 7. Respiratory conditions; 8. Neurological conditions; 9. Hematological conditions; 10. Gastrointestinal and genitourinary conditions; 11. Metabolic and endocrine conditions; 12. Miscellaneous; Part V. Conditions; Part VI. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: 13. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome; Part VII. Appendices: autopsy information pamphlet; Paediatric forensic autopsy guidelines; The sudden unexplained infant death investigation report form; International standardized autopsy protocol; Autopsy checklist for possible non-accidental injury; Autopsy checklist for possible metabolic disorders; Autopsy checklist for possible sepsis; Autopsy checklist for possible poisoning; Index.

Prize Winner

2005 British Medical Association - paediatrics category 2005 - Highly commended


' This is an outstanding book for practitioners, pathologists, and researchers … Each chapter reads like a conference in which the pathologist holds the clues and answers questions from the clinician and other investigators from the autopsy table.' New England Journal of Medicine

'… the overall impression is of a volume based on sound scholarship and experience.' The Lancet

'I highly recommend this book as a unique and indispensable reference for all forensic pathologists.' American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology

'… it is the book to turn to when faced with the investigation of a sudden death in infancy or childhood, or the interpretation of findings in these cases.' Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology

'The second edition of this book is thus a timely and welcome companion for the beleaguered pathologist … Byard has produced a comprehensive, well written, and interesting reference book. It should be essential reading for clinicians, pathologist, policemen, social workers, and lawyers involved in child abuse and protection cases. In these difficult times, Byard shows that it is possible to make commonsense and evidence-based decisions.' The Lancet

'The authors' overview of current research, in all areas, is commendable. If you want a list of relevant references, for court reports and so on, the work is done for you … I highly recommend it as reference or a training tool …'. Hospital Doctor


Roger W. Byard, Stephen D. Cohle

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