The Stress of Life

stress of life book by Hans SelyeThe Stress of Life, a classic book written by the man who introduced the term (psychological) “stress” 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 – October 16, 1982) was a pioneering researcher and endocrinologist. He is considered by many as the ‘father of the stress research field’ in modern medicine, and the scientist who introduced and developed the stress concept.

According to Gerald Weissmann, Selye pursued two careers, i.e. experimental pathology and public relations, and he was a success at both; also Selye endorsed ‘stress’ as “the major cause, mode of transmission and treatment of most human ills, be they mental or physical”.

Hans Selye is the author of 33 books, including The Stress of Life; From Dream to Discovery: On Being a Scientist (1964), Hormones and Resistance: Part 1 and Part 2 (1971), Stress without Distress (1974), Selye’s Guide to Stress Research (1983), and Stress in Health and Disease (2013).

Selye wrote The Stress of Life in 1956. This is the revised and updated version.

This classic book divides into five main parts:

  • The Discovery of Stress
  • The Dissection of Stress
  • The Diseases of Adaptation
  • Sketch for a Unified Theory and
  • Implications and Applications.

516 pages; McGraw-Hill; 2nd edition (March 1, 1978); 1st edition: New York: McGraw-Hill, 1956

AUTHOR: Hans Selye

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