Breakdown in Human Adaptation to ‘Stress’

Towards a multidisciplinary approach Volume II

  • R. E. Ballieux
  • J. F. Fielding
  • A. L’Abbate

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. Psychoneuroimmunology and breakdown in adaptation: interactions within the central nervous system, the immune and endocrine systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 623-623
    2. R. Ader
      Pages 653-670
    3. H. Ursin, R. Mykletun, E. Isaksen, R. Murison, R. Vaernes, O. Tønder
      Pages 681-690
    4. R. M. Gorczynski, S. MacRae, M. Kennedy
      Pages 704-712
    5. Nicholas R. Hall, Joseph P. McGillis, Bryan L. Spangelo, David L. Healy, Allan L. Goldstein
      Pages 722-731
  3. Breakdown in human adaptation and gastrointestinal dysfunction: clinical, biochemical and psychobiological aspects

  4. Acute effect of psychological stress on the cardiovascular system: models and clinical assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 831-831
    2. Systems Interplay in Stress Response

    3. Myocardial Infarction

    4. Cardiac Arrhythmias

    5. Arterial Hypertension

      1. James Conway, Nicholas Boon, John Vann Jones, Peter Sleight
        Pages 986-991
      2. J. L. Elghozi, L. C. L. Jacomini, M. A. Devynck, L. A. Kamal, J. F. Cloix, M. G. Pernollet et al.
        Pages 1004-1012
      3. G. Mancia, A. Ramirez, G. Bertinieri, G. Parati, A. Zanchetti
        Pages 1013-1025
      4. D. T. Greenwood, P. W. Marshall, C. P. Allott
        Pages 1026-1035
    6. Methods

About this book


The widespread interest in "stressful" aspects of contemporary society which contribute to its burden of illness and diseases (e.g. gastro intestinal, cardiovascular) has led to a large number of state­ ments and reports which relate the manifestations to a maladaptation of the individual. Furthermore, recent research suggests that under some condi tions stress may have a more generalized effect of decreasing the body IS ability to combat destructive forces and expose it to a variety of diseases. Breakdown in adaptation occurs when an individual cannot cope with demands inherent in his environment. These may be due to an excessive mental or physical load, including factors of a social or psychological nature and task performance requirements ranging from those which are monotonous, simple and repetitive to complex, fast, decision-taking ones. Experience shows however that not all people placed under the same condi tions suffer similarly, and it follows that to the social and psychological environment should be added a genetic factor influencing, through the brain, the responses of individuals. It is clear that, besides human suffering, this "breakdown in adaptation" causes massive losses of revenue to industry and national heal th authorities. Thus a reduction in "stress", before "breakdown" occurs, or an improvement in coping with it would be very valuable.



Editors and affiliations

  • R. E. Ballieux
    • 1
  • J. F. Fielding
    • 2
  • A. L’Abbate
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of Clinical ImmunologyUniversity HospitalUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Dept. of GastroenterologyThe Charitable InfirmaryDublinIreland
  3. 3.Dept. of Clinical PhysiologyNational Research CouncilPisaItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7975-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-3285-2
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