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11 July 2013
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
This letter is a follow-up of my letter to you of 6 June 2013 that requested a review of my letter to Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D. Editor-in-Chief New England Journal of Medicine with a copy of my DVD: The Origins of Love &Violence: Sensory Deprivation and the Developing Brain with a request that you install rocking bassinets in all ICUs in this country, which would compensate for vestibular-cerebellsr sensory deprivation that prematures experience in utero and post-natal development resulting in increased neural maturation and survival. I have not received a reply from you concerning this letter.
Since then, I have prepared a BLOG Prematurity, Infant Mortality and In utero Sensory Deprivation For Aberrant Brain Development and Infant Survival that reviews the scientific evidence in support of Ihis recimendation with video documentaries that document the harm inflicted upon prematures and infant/children subjected to post-natal vestibular-cerebellar sensory deprivation. https://vimeo.com/69200952
The scientific foundations for the above research and recommendations are to be found in the published works of Cannon (1939); Cannon and Rosenbleuth (1949) and Sharpless (1969, 1975), which, unfortunately, are relatively unknown in the biomedical science communities.
Of particular relevance here are the findings of Berman, A.J., Berman, D. & Prescott, J.W. (1974). The effect of cerebellar lesions on emotional behavior in the rhesus monkey. In: The Cerebellum, Epilepsy and Behavior. (Cooper, I.S., Riklon, M.V. & Snider, R.S. (Eds) Plenum, NY http://www.violence.de/berman/article.html
And in the video documentation of this study:
Prescott, J.W. (1976). Cerebellar surgery: abolishment of pathological violence in the adult rhesus mother= deprived monkey with petting and hand-feeding not possible before surgery. W- 5, CTV Toronto. November 11 minute film clip War on Women and Children.
https://vimeo.com/69200952 -9 Min
https://vimeo.com/71761209 -2 Min
The continuing and unconscionable prematurity and infant mortality rate of this nation calls for drastic action of leadership that appears lacking in the biomedical communities.
I am copying this letter to the respective and relevant NH Institute Directors and to
Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D. Editor-in-Chief New England Journal of Medicine and
Lewis R. First, M.D.
It is requested that you distribute this email and Blog to those that should be knowledgeable of these issues and to encourage Drs Drazen and First to to alert their membership of this BLOG.
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
For those not familiar with my research activities on behalf of women and children, I am attaching a brief BIO of that work.
Biographical Note: James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
James W. Prescott, Ph.D. is a developmental Neuropsychologist and cross -cultural psychologist who received his doctorate in psychology from McGill University( 1964)
Assistant Head Physiological Psychology Research Branch Office of Naval Research 1963-1966);
Psychopharmacological and Psychophysiological Research: NIMH Psychopharmacology Research Branch; Department of Psychiatry, George Washington University Medical School (1961-1962).
Health Scientist Administrator, Developmental Behavioral Biology Program National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH (1966-1980).;
President: Maryland Psychological Association (1971-1972)
CINE Golden Eagle Award: for contributions, as Scientific Director, Time Life Documentary Film, "Rock A Bye Baby" (1971)
The 55th Annual Packard Lecture: The Philadelphia Pediatric Society (1971)
State-Of-The-Science Address: Eastern Psychological Association (1975)
Outstanding Contributions To Psychology Award: Highest Award of the Maryland Psychological Association (1977)
Visiting Scholar: Wesleyan University, College of Science In Society (1978
Distinguished Science Address: American Psychiatric Association (1983)
Senate of Canada Testimony: Childhood Experiences as Causes of Criminal Behavior (April.11.1978)
Testimony on Child Abuse and Neglect Research at the National Institutes of Health. U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor-Health and Human Services 98th Congress (May 10, 1983). Wm. Natcher, Chair.
Prescott, J.W. (1975). Developmental Neuropsychophysics. In: Malnutrition and Brain Function: Neuropsychological Methods of Assessment. (Prescott, J.W., Read, M.S. and Coursin, D. B., Eds) John Wiley and Sons. New York pp.325-358
http://www.violence.de/BOOKS_OF_THE_CENTURY.html #48 Prescott, J.W. (1980).
Prescott J.W.(1977- NICHD Research Denied and Wrongful Termination
Prescott, J.W. (1980). Somatosensory Affectional deprivation (SAD) theory of drug and alcohol use. In: Theories On Drug Abuse: Selected Contemporary Perspectives. Dan J. Lettieri, Mollie Sayers and Helen Wallenstien Pearson, Eds.) NIDA Research Monograph 30, March 1980. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Department of Health and Human Services. Rockville, MD. http://www.violence.de/prescott/nida/drug.pdf
Prescott, J.W.(2005): Prevention Or Therapy And The Politics of Trust: Inspiring a New Human Agenda. in: Psychotherapy and Politics International .(3(3):194-211, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.http://www.interscience.wiley.com; http://www.violence.de/prescott/politics-trust.pdf
Prescott, J.W. 2013). Perspective 6. Nurturant Versus Nonnurturant Environements and the Failure of the Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness.(pp.427-438). In: Evolution, Early Experience and Human Development, (Darcia Narvaez, Jaak Panksepp, Allan N. Schore and Tracy R. Gleason, Eds). Oxford University Press. Oxford. New York