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Sante Ment Que. 2015 Summer;40(2):275-86.

[The history of the Science of Stress: From Hans Selye to the discovery of anti-inflammatory medication].

[Article in French]

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Centre d'études sur le stress humain, Département de psychiatrie, Faculté de médecine, Université de Montréal; Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal, CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Ile-de-Montréal.


To make an important scientific discovery that will make history takes a lot of determination, creativity, perseverance and luck! The story behind the discovery of stress and its biological basis is a fascinating one that places Dr. Hans Selye in the forefront. Dr. Selye was a great scientist that taught at the Université de Montréal from 1945 to his death in 1982. Dr. Selye was curious and hard working. He was determined to understand how various disorders can lead to similar physical manifestations, and this interest led him to discover the role of the adrenal glands involved in the stress response and to better understand the effects of glucocorticoids on the body. Today, the science of stress is based on the foundations established by Dr. Selye. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Département de psychiatrie de l'Université de Montréal, and the special issue of the Revue Santé Mentale au Québec, this historical review summarizes the discoveries of this great scientist who worked in Quebec.

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