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Sudden Death 1

Synopsis
The case of five children in an American family who died in infancy contributed to the development of a widely held theory about cot death. Paediatrician Alfred Steinschneider became a leading authority in his field with his claim that apnoea - a condition in which breathing stops during sleep - could be responsible, but in 1995, 23 years after his 1972 research article, a court case revealed that all five Hoyt babies had been murdered by their mother. The widespread acceptance of the apnoea theory has delayed subsequent research.
Series
Horizon, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. Standard formats. col. 50 min.
Year of production
1999
Availability
Sale; 2000 sale: £99.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 on 25/2/99.
Subjects
Medical sciences
Keywords
apnoea; sudden infant death syndrome

Credits

Producer
Liz Tucker
Contributor
John Lynch

Sponsor

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Active Video for Learning - now BBC Learning

Contact
Carolina Fernandez Jeremy Wilcox (CF - for educational enquiries JW - channel sales manager)
Email
BBCStudiosLearning@bbc.com
Web
https://www.bbcstudioslearning.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+44 (0) 20 8433 1009
Address
BBC Studios Limited
Television Centre
101 Wood Lane
London
W12 7FA
UK
Notes
The BBC Active company has now been absorbed within BBC Learning, a division of BBC Studios. It was originally a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Pearson Education. Formerly known as ‘BBC Worldwide Learning Studies’ and before that as ‘Videos for Education & Training’

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