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December 6, 2012: The Invention of Stress? The Fight over the Concept of Stress in Postwar America

December 6, 2012Aaron Victorin-VangerudEvents, Video and AudioComments Off on December 6, 2012: The Invention of Stress? The Fight over the Concept of Stress in Postwar America

Hans Selye, John W. Mason, and the Fight for the Stress Concept in Postwar America

Stress has become modern society’s root cause for all manner of pathologies, an amorphous and diffuse concept. The idea of stress started life, however, as a very specific, highly provocative, and equally highly controversial way of viewing the body’s response to challenges in its environment. By examining the arguments between the self-proclaimed inventor of stress, Hans Selye, and one of his critics, John W. Mason of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Tulley Long will shed light on how and why modern meanings of stress were forged in postwar America.

Tulley Long is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the History of the Chronobiology Project in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Minnesota.

Organized by the Health and Society group of Quadrant.


This talk is also available as an audio download (.mp3 – 50.5 MB) or as a video podcast (.m4v – 260.2 MB).

Question and Answer Session

Audio download (.mp3 – 20.5 MB) Video podcast (.m4v – 107.4 MB)

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