Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Article excerpt

This edition of the Journal has been temporally and temporarily delayed for a variety of reasons. APPPAH has a new publisher, Allen Press, and we welcome this very pleasant and professional association. The Journal, in an effort to recognize more clearly the growing empathy among health professionals and pre- and perinatal psychologists, has a new name and a new logo. Look for a special double issue for Spring and Summer 1998, which will place the Journal back on schedule.

In the editorial for the Summer issue 11 (4), utilizing Dr Ronald Goldman's excellent book, Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma, I explored the increasing controversial American practice of circumcision. In this issue the book is reviewed by Michelle R. Storms, M.D. In a medically informative and psychologically aware article, Anesthesia for Neonatal Circumcision: Who Benefits?, Dr. Robert S. Van Howe maintains that,

as the previous circumcision myths fade away, they have to be replaced with new myths for circumcision to continue. The new myth is that topical and local anesthetic make the surgery 'painfree.' With the old myths gone and the anesthetic myth not firmly rooted . . . the American public may figure out that circumcision is unnecessary painful surgery performed on infants against their will.

One of the fastest growing areas of music therapy and intervention is in the utilization of music during pregnancy, delivery, and infancy. …

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