Hans Selye

The Stress of Life

The Stress of Life, a classic book written by Hans Selye, the physician-scientist who introduced the term (psychological) “stress”, formulated the entire theoretical concept and dedicated his entire scientific career to furnish more and more proof for the importance of neuroendocrine mechanisms in the development of disease. János Hugo Bruno “Hans” Selye (January 26, 1907 […]

The Stress(ed) World and Hans Selye

The Stress(ed) World and Hans Selye

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE 80 years after Hans Selye introduced the concept and term ‘stress’ there is a very substantial body of evidence that psychological stress is linked to the pathogenesis of several common human diseases. According to the American Institute of Stress, stress is America’s #1 health problem. Two-thirds of all office visits […]

Stress: From Hans Selye to Paris Hilton

Stress: From Hans Selye to Paris Hilton

SHORT FEATURES and FACES ARTICLE In a recent FASEB editorial, Gerald Weissmann comments on the modern use of the word ‘stress’ and its evolution from Hans Selye’s original definition. According to Weissmann, the Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB journal, Selye first advanced the notion of stress as a generalized response to any insult in 1936, which […]

Hans Selye and the Birth of the Stress Concept

Hans Selye and the Birth of the Stress Concept

Historical Perspectives In 1936 a half page report appeared in Nature magazine under the title “A syndrome produced by diverse nocuous agents,” which was authored by Hans Selye of McGill University, Montreal, Canada [1]. The essence of this report was that rats exposed to a variety of nocuous or toxic agents (e.g. cold, surgery, forced […]