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Ludwig Janus, M.D.*
* This paper was presented at the 2001 International Congress of APPPAH when Dr. Janus received the Thomas R. Verny Award for Outstanding Contributions to Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology. Dr. Janus is President of the International Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine (ISPPM). Author's address: Dr. med. Ludwig Janus, Köpfelweg 52, 69118 Heidelberg, Germany. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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