Hans Selye Facts

Hans Selye Facts
Janos Hugo Bruno Selye (26 January1907 to 16 October 1982) was an endocrinologist. His important scientific work centered on the non-specific response of an organism to biological stress.
Interesting Hans Selye Facts:
Selye was born in Vienna, Austria-Hungary and grew up in Komarom, Hungary.
He received his PhD in Medicine in 1929 and PhD in Chemistry in Prague in 1931.
In 1931 he went to Johns-Hopkins University on a Rockefeller Foundation Scholarship and continued his scholarship at McGill University in 1932.
In 1936 he injected rats with ovarian extract to find a new hormone but discovered that any foreign substance produced swelling of the adrenal cortex, atrophy of the thymus, ulcers and death.
He postulated that an internal stress reaction rather than the precise irritants themselves were the cause.
The initial set of responses he called the "general adaptation syndrome" and later discovered and documented that stress can be caused by exposure to toxins, physical injury, and environmental stress and can come from both positive and negative stimuli.
He formulated the idea that unrelieved stress can induce a pathological state.
He proved that stress in humans can cause a breakdown of the hormonal system and lead to high-blood pressure and heart disease.
He was the first to describe the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and he used the terms "alarm state," "resistance state," and "exhaustion" to refer to glandular response to stress.
In 1968 he was awarded Companion of the Order of Canada.
In 1975 he created the International Institute of Stress.
In 2004 the Certified Stress & Wellness Consultants program he envisioned was launched which makes evidence-based, practice-focused training available to health professionals world-wide.
In his lifetime Selye published over 1700 research papers, 15 monographs, and 30 books.


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