Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

The Enduring Effects of Prenatal Experience: Echoes from the Womb

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

The Enduring Effects of Prenatal Experience: Echoes from the Womb

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The Enduring Effects of Prenatal Experience: Echoes from the Womb by Ludwig Janus, Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Inc., 1997, 277 pages. (Originally published in German in 1991 by Hoffmann und Campe, Verlag, Hamburg.) ISBN 1-56821-853-2.

This English translation of Dr. Janus's truly comprehensive book is a wonderful gift to those of us who do not read German well enough to delve into the pre- and perinatal literature available in that language. Not only do we have his clear writing and thinking, but many quotations are included from other German-language texts and articles. Particularly striking are the extensive quotes from an article (in the Internationale Zeitschrift fur Psychoanalyse) by an English midwife (Dorothy Garley, 1924), demonstrating an unusual degree of sensitivity and depth of understanding with regard to the baby's experience of prenatal life and the process of birth. The nearly four hundred references contain not only the predominant German and English writings, but French and Indian contributions as well. These references also span the centuries, including a 1674 work by Malebranche. This book is a significant contribution to the literature of pre- and perinatal psychology and a valuable reference to other works. …

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