Introduction In 2010, NeoReviews marked its 10th anniversary by col- lecting 36 of its Historical Perspectives columns into a book titled “Milestones in Neonatal/Perinatal Medi- cine,” highlighting many of the seminal articles (and their authors) that influenced the development of neonatology. The original series of Historical Perspectives also in- cluded a series which we labeled “Perinatal Profiles,” de- tailing the contributions of individuals who influenced the development of neonatal-perinatal medicine around the world. In addition to the USA, the countries repre- sented included Australia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Norway, Scotland, Sweden and Uruguay. Now, in 2015, thanks to a generous grant from the AAP Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, we cele- brate the journal’s 15th anniversary by collecting 26 of these Perinatal Profiles (including one from the Milestones book) into the present volume: “Pioneers of Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine.” Clearly, this is a highly select group of individuals about whom the profile authors had some particular knowledge, whether as colleagues, students or friends. While we think it is important to acknowledge the enormous contributions of these pioneers, we also ac- knowledge that there probably are hundreds of individu- als from other countries who added their own knowledge and insights to influence the way that neonatal-perinatal medicine is practiced throughout the world. In summary, while many of these luminaries have reached the pinnacle of achievement, we should all prac- tice medicine to the best of our ability. To do this, we need to “stand on the shoulders” of those who have gone before. This book is intended primarily to allow younger physicians to appreciate the contributions of some of the giants in our field. Alistair G.S. Philip, MD, FRCPE, FAAP Editor-in-Chief, NeoReviews Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University School of Medicine NeoReviews 1
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