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EXPERT GROUP TO INVESTIGATE COT DEATH THEORIES:
TOXIC GAS HYPOTHESIS

Chairman: Lady Limerick

Final Report May 1998

Contents

bullet Chairman's foreword - full text
bullet Executive Summary - full text in Portable Document Format
bullet Chapter 1. Historical background
bullet Chapter 2. The toxic gas hypothesis - abstract
bullet Chapter 3. Scope of this investigation - abstract
bullet Chapter 4. The Turner Report and subsequent work on the toxic gas hypothesis (1991 to 1994) - abstract
bullet Chapter 5. Repetition and extension of Richardson’s experiments on microbiological gas generation - abstract
bullet Chapter 6. Laboratory investigations of the ability of microorganisms to produce volatile products from antimony and phosphorus compounds - abstract
bullet Chapter 7. Toxins and the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - abstract
bullet Chapter 8. The pathology of SIDS, normal infant developmental physiology and insights into possible pathophysiological mechanisms - abstract
bullet Chapter 9. Antimony and infant health - abstract
bullet Chapter 10. Use of fire retardant (Fr) chemicals in cot mattress materials and other items - abstract
bullet Chapter 11. Epidemiology of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in relation to Mr Richardson’s hypothesis - abstract
bullet Chapter 12. Conclusions and Recommendations - full text in Portable Document Format
bullet Annex 1 - Terms of reference and Members of the Group - full text
bullet Annex 2 - Sources of Information
bullet Appendix I - Mr Richardson’s Report
bullet Appendix II - Mr Richardson’s Report's and subsequent correspondence with the Expert Group
bullet Appendix III - Supplementary Studies to Establish Whether Antimony or Other Chemicals added to Cot Mattress Covers are of Significance in the Aetiology of Sudden Infant Death
bullet Appendix IV - A Review of the Toxicology of some Fire Retardant chemicals used in cot mattress materials
bullet Abbreviations
bullet Glossary

These pages contain extracts from the report -
Expert Group to Investigate Cot Death Theories:
Toxic Gas Hypothesis
Final Report May 1998

ISBN 1 85839 874 6
15.00

The full report is available from -

Department of Health,
PO Box 410,
Wetherby,
Yorkshire LS23 7LN.
Phone (within U.K.) on 01937 840250

Published by the Department of Health
(c) Crown Copyright 1998
This page last updated 29th October 1998

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