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An interview with the 20th century's leading authority on the subject of stress
by Mario Orsatti
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5 October 2012
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Dr. Hans Selye* was a scientist who is considered the founder of the concept of stress in modern medicine. He was recognized as the 20th century's leading authority on the subject of stress and its impact on human health.
Dr. Selye's interest in the use of the Transcendental Meditation technique as a method to handle stress began in the 1970s after discussions he had with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
The article features excerpts from an interview with Dr. Selye by author Robert Oates, which was published in his book, Celebrating the Dawn. One example:
Dr. Selye: ''It was my good fortune to have spent almost an entire day with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at one of his international symposia. Ever since then I have felt it would be extremely fruitful to explore in detail the obvious physiological and psychological influence exerted by Transcendental Meditation on stress in the body.
''Research already conducted shows that the physiological effects of Transcendental Meditation are exactly the opposite to those identified by medicine as being characteristic of the body's effort to meet the demands of stress.''
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* Hans Hugo Bruno Selye (1907-1982) is known as ''the father of stress.'' As early as 1926, still only in his second year of medical school, Dr. Selye began developing his now-famous theory of the influence of stress on people's ability to cope with and adapt to the pressures of injury and intense experience. Through his life-long study and research he concluded that stress plays some role in the development of every disease and that failure to cope with stress can result in ''diseases of adaptation'' such as ulcers, high blood pressure and the many other diseases that are caused or complicated by stress.
Dr. Selye held three doctorate degrees (M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.) and was 43 times a Doctor Honoris Causa. Selye wrote some 39 books and more than 1,700 articles on stress and related problems. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize 10 times.
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