Stress and Cancer: A Disease of Adaptation?
The concept that cancer might in some way be related to stress or other emotional factors is probably as old as the history of recorded medicine itself. Galen’s treatise on tumors De Tumoribus notes that melancholy women (women supposedly having too much black bile—Greek melas choie) were much more susceptible to cancer than other females. We find a similar theme resurfacing repeatedly in medical literature, particularly in the last three centuries.
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