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December 17, 1982

Hans Selye's life a tribute to basic research

JAMA. 1982;248(23):3084-3087. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330230008003

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A former student of the late Hans Selye, MD, PhD, says: "Stress used to be a concept that concerned only physical scientists. Dr Selye's work has made it a part of medicine as well."

Hans Selye, an endocrinologist who served for almost half a century on the medical faculties of the University of Montreal and McGill University, died at his home in Montreal on Oct 16. He was founder and director of the International Institute of Stress and had for many years headed the Institute of Experimental Medicine and Surgery at the University of Montreal. Early in his scientific career, Selye helped to establish the role that adrenal and pituitary hormones play in the body's biological reactions to external stimuli, or stress. He continued to work in this area until shortly before his death, conducting laboratory studies that foreshadowed the development of many therapeutic modalities and exploring the complicated relationships