ix Preface and Acknowledgments If I have seen further, it is by standing on ye shoulders of giants. Sir Isaac Newton1 TNeurons his is not your typical book. Originally envisioned as cross between From to Neighborhoods2 by the Institute of Medicine and Robert D. Putnam’s Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,3 it is both an approachable summary of developmental science and an unapologetic argument for change. Bringing such a hybrid to fruition has been a “team sport” and a true collab- orative effort. Ultimately, it began with the innumerable scientists and inves- tigators over the ages who have applied their skills to better understand the origins of disease and wellness, the mechanisms of human development, and the best ways to translate the latest science into practice and policy. They are the giants who have allowed us to see and expound on the inextricable links between epigenetics, neuroscience, life course theory, the practice of pediat- rics, and many of our society’s most intractable problems. But envisioning a book is one thing actually producing it is quite another. For taking a chance on a hybrid book that was decidedly outside its traditional purview, we are indebted to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In particular, we are grateful to our developmental editor, Chris Wiberg the AAP Publishing leadership, including Jeff Mahony and Mark Grimes Chief Product and Services Officer/SVP, Membership, Marketing, and Publishing Mary Lou White and the terrific marketing and sales staff, including Kathy Juhl, Sara Hoerdeman, Linda Smessaert, and Elyce Goldstein, led by Marirose Russo and Mark Voigt. We are also thankful for the many reviewers, including Nate Blum, John Duby, Jim Duffee, and Jordan Hutchinson, whose careful attention to detail and clarity has made this book the best it can be. Finally, as pediatricians, we owe our greatest debt to all of our families. To be sure, our personal families have provided enduring support, encouragement, and patience with us as we have disappeared for days at a time to review the lat- est research, to reflect on what it might mean, and to obsessively write one draft 00-fm-9781610021524.indd 9 4/12/18 11:03 AM
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