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Renowned Doctor Abraham Bergman, Pioneer in SIDS Research, Passed Away at 91

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Dr. Abraham B. Bergman, a prominent pediatrician, passed away in Seattle on November 10 at the age of 91. Dr. Bergman was instrumental in passing important federal laws to address sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other public health issues.

His death on a family member’s boat was attributed to amyloid heart disease, according to his son Ben Bergman.

In the 1960s and early ’70s, Dr. Bergman served as president of the National Foundation for Sudden Infant Death, which sought to destigmatize SIDS, support grieving parents, and raise funds for research. This led to the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Act of 1974, appropriating millions of dollars for research.

Dr. Bergman was known for his tireless advocacy for childhood health. He was successful in influencing legislation through his passionate witness in hearings and behind-the-scenes lobbying efforts. His work with influential U.S. senators from Washington State led to the passage of various public health laws.

Dr. Bergman was also involved in drafting the Indian Health Care Improvement Act of 1976, which expanded funding for care to Native Americans.

Born in 1932, Dr. Bergman graduated from Reed College and received his medical degree from Western Reserve University. His career in pediatrics included serving as the chief of pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center and as a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

In addition to his professional achievements, Dr. Bergman was survived by eight children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Bergman’s pioneering research and advocacy on SIDS ultimately led to increased public awareness and a decline in SIDS-related deaths since 1990.

Dr. Bergman’s impact on public health legislation was marked by his dedication and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of children and families across the United States.

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