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John C. Sonne, M.D.
John C. Sonne, M.D., a psychoanalyst and family therapist, has had a long standing interest in models of mentation and communication, with a particular focus on how these models operate in the family, in prenatal and neonatal stages of life, and in therapy. In addition to being in private practice, he is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and Senior Attending, The Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Correspondence should be addressed to 443 Shady Lane, Moorestown, NJ 08057
This paper was presented December 5th, 1997, at the 8th International Congress of The Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health, San Francisco, California, December 4th-December 7th, 1997.