Putting together each issue of this Journal is always exciting for me because I never know in advance how the final product will turn out. You see, each week I receive a number of submissions. I read each one. Some are quite clearly inappropriate for our Journal and are returned to the author. Others, I am not sure about and these are sent to an assistant editor for further assessment. A large proportion of papers lack an abstract, a summary (there are several of these in this issue) or references. Quite a few require a rewrite. So, at any one time, we have papers floating around in various stages of readiness for publication.
When the deadline for an issue arrives, I pull together all the papers that are print ready. Sometimes, I have more than I need for one issue in which case I have the luxury of being able to choose the best mix. At other times, I barely have enough to fill one issue. In either case when I finish assembling the contents and order them in a manner which can best be described as purely intuitive, I finally get to see the whole Gestalt. Then, and only then can I emit a sigh of relief or even enjoy a moment of happy contentment. Until next week, of course, when I start working on a new issue of the Journal.
This particular issue is, I think, rather good. Both Brent Logan and Mac Freeman discuss intra-uterine and infant learning from two very different perspectives. Though they are not easy to read I believe your efforts will be rewarded with new insights gained. Further on our menu is an excellent research paper by Carol Blair on daydreaming during pregnancy. This is followed by an investigation of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome from a psychoanalytic point of view by Arno Gruen from Switzerland. The final item is by Karen Reed who addresses the issue of female infertility.
Because we are a multidisciplinary Association, I think that both, the authors and their subjects in this issue accurately reflect the territory of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology at this point of development. From time to time we need to remind ourselves that our strength lies not only in our support of the goals of PPPANA but also in our willingness to be open to new ideas. Let me know what you think.
Thomas R Verny, M.D.
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