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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-4

Why a new journal?

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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.22939

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Schijman E. Why a new journal?. J Pediatr Neurosci 2006;1:3-4

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Schijman E. Why a new journal?. J Pediatr Neurosci [serial online] 2006 [cited 2023 Nov 30];1:3-4. Available from: https://www.pediatricneurosciences.com/text.asp?2006/1/1/3/22939

There are several international journals devoted to Neurosurgery and quite a few specially dedicated to Pediatric Neurosurgery. Most of them have an excellent scientific level. So, taking into account the publishing of Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences (JPN), someone could wonder: "Why should we have a new Journal?"

Such a question would receive a very clear answer from me: "Because Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences ought to be from 2006 onwards, the voice, the speech, the carry-through and the spirit of the Indian Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery."

As physicians, in our daily professional activities, we face tremendous social, cultural and economic inequality that the current world throws up. One of the worst facts of this situation is the uneven access to health care facilities among human beings. Prevention and early detection, undoubtedly pillars of the health care system in many places of the world, are nonexistent words in several other regions of the world.

Are women in our countries informed with regard to the fact that taking supplements of folic acid before and during pregnancy could reduce the chance of having a baby with open spinal dysraphisms?

Is the accessibility to modern methods of diagnosis for neurological disorders such as CT scan, MRI, MRA or digital angiography, or the availability of state-of-the-art surgical instruments and equipments, the same all around the world?

Are surgical time, blood loss and aesthetical results the same in craniosynostosis cases when a high speed drill system is available than in those situations in which we only have a couple of big and tough rongeurs; or are the patients' intra- and postoperative clinical conditions the same when a thermal mattress or a pediatric ventilator are available in the O.R. than when they aren't?

Moreover, in some places of our developing countries we are able to offer excellence in medicine, as good as any other in the world, while in others we can offer almost nothing.

Nobody can better understand the questions addressed above and the difficulties we have in our daily tasks than those colleagues who have to deal with the same problems everyday and those who share with us the same obstacles.

As the official Journal of the Indian Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery, JPN should be the place where pediatric neurosurgeons in India - and from abroad, of course - tell about their personal experiences in their "everyday language," that which is usually used at home to refer to our problems, a "familiar language" recognized and understood by all those who know and share the difficulties we have to overcome.

Internet will play a crucial role: It will be like a huge window through which the international scientific community will have a direct access to the Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences. This means a direct look to the Indian Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery activities as well as to the academic production of its members.

So, what a responsibility for the JPN Editorial Board to work for an adequate selection of papers to be published and what a great opportunity for my colleagues in India to have their intellectual creation reach every office and home in the world! It will be a positive side of a controversial aspect of the actual world: the globalization.

Many things separate human beings, but for sure, at least two strongly join us: love for arts and sciences. Both of them are present in our great passion: Neurosurgery.

Just think of the astonishing beauty of the foramen of Monro when we see it through a transventricular approach [Figure - 1], or the thrilling discovery of the opto-chiasmatic region [Figure - 2] through a subfrontal or fronto-temporal approach! Likewise, I am convinced that the Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences will be a gathering factor for the Indian pediatric neurosurgeons.

I encourage my colleagues from India to work hard in order to make the Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences a reference and consulting place for the international neurosurgical community and the great journal the Indian Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery deserves.


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