When Ruth Carter, our Editor in Chief, invited me to be Guest Editor for this Fall 2000 issue of the Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, I immediately set to work on a number of my favorite things. The banquet of major articles is now spread before you, spiced with some tasty side dishes in the Sharing section, the special section for shorter pieces with a strong personal slant.
From the creative mind of the energetic psychiatrist John Sonne, I was able to capture a work in progress at once fascinating, controversial, and needing a courageous publisher. As you will see, John comprehensively analyzes the adolescent perpetrators of the Columbine High School Massacre and presents a totally new hypothesis to explain the forces at work in them.
In the other major papers, I saw my opportunity to honor the work of three important contributors to our field who, in my opinion, deserve greater attention. Professor Ruth Fridman of Buenos Aires is noted for her original work on the prenatal origins of sound and music and their life-long effect on human relationships. This article revisits one of the core activities of her long career, teaching mothers to sing to babies. At the end of the article we call your attention to the milestones in her distinguished career.
In this issue, we gladly welcome to our group of authors the well known chiropractor and polarity therapist from Santa Barbara, Raymond Castellino. It is especially appropriate that his first appearance in our pages gives us such a good overview of historical developments in somatic psychology and lets us see how closely he and his colleagues have been assisting one another in improving both theory and practice in resolving birth trauma.
Finally, for reasons I explain in my introduction to his article, I have jumped at the opportunity to remind you of the unusual decade of findings brought to the world by our Swedish colleague, Bertil Jacobson. Jacobson speaks the special language of statistics (as few others can) and has done it to prove scientifically the need for changes in the obstetrical management of birth.
David B. Chamberlain, Ph.D.