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In Praise of a Doctor Who Welcomes the Newborn Infant Person


  • Colwyn Trevarthen PhD

    Professor (Emeritus) of Child Psychology and Psychobiology, Corresponding author
    • Psychology Department, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
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This article recalls how Dr. Berry Brazelton, in the past 50 years, has transformed pediatrics and childcare and supported parents' understanding of their young children. Berry's work as a pediatrician and basic research in the psychobiology of childbirth and infant communication and care have proved to be richly complementary. Brazelton and the author were fortunate to meet in the context of the wide exploration of human nature and adaptations of human intelligence for cooperative life encouraged by Jerome Bruner's vision of how cultural awareness of meaning may be generated in affectionate relations from infancy. This opened a new awareness of the adaptations of the human mind for sharing the creation of a meaningful world by exploring playful imagination with companions.