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Neuroendocrinology Letters incl. Psychoneuroimmunology & Chronobiology

Neuroendocrinology Letters incl. Psychoneuroimmunology & Chronobiology, Research-- Review
ISSN 0172–780X Copyright © 2000 Neuroendocrinology Letters

NEL VOL. 21 No. 3
INVITED REVIEW PAPER

2000; 21:175–186


Neonatal Psychoneuroimmunology: Emergence, Scope and Perspectives

by Elvidina N. Adamson-Macedo

Reprinted with permission from: The International Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine 1997; 9:421–440. © 1997 Mattes Verlag, Heidelberg.

Keywords:
developmental neonatology, psychoneuroimmunology

Abstract
Interdisciplinary Neonatology investigates and cares for at-risk babies, including risk for developmental disabilities. Psychoneuroimmunology seeks to unravel relationships amongst behavioural, neural, endocrine, and immune processes, and their mutual role in maintaining health and treating disease.
This article presents an integrative approach to the emergence, scope and perspectives of a new sub-discipline, i.e. Developmental Neonatal Psychoneuroimmunology. The Equilibrium Model (ThEM) proposed by Adamson-Macedo (1991) will be used as a way of representing coactions; within this frame, Gottlieb’s experiential canalization (1991b) contributes an explanation of how the psychoneuroimmunological development of the preterm neonate can be facilitated.