Stress is generally defined as a strain upon a bodily organ or mental power. Depending on its duration and intensity, stress can have short- or long-lasting effects: it has been linked to heart disease, immune deficiency, memory loss, behavioral disorders, and much more. These effects on the individual also have a major impact on health care costs and services, employee productivity, and even violent crime.
The Encyclopedia of Stress is the first comprehensive reference source on stressors, the biological mechanisms involved in the stress response, the effects of activating the stress response mechanisms, and the disorders that may arise as a consequence of acute or chronic stress. While other books focus on specific aspects of stress, this three-volume set covers the entire spectrum of topics, with nearly 400 articles in all.
In addition to the subjects traditionally associated with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (whereby the brain sends a message to the body to react), the Encyclopedia includes a wide range of related topics such as neuroimmune interactions, cytokines, enzymatic disorders, effects on the cardiovascular system, immunity and inflammation, and physical illnesses. It also goes beyond the biological aspects of stress to cover topics such as stress and behavior, psychiatric and psychosomatic disorders, workplace stress, post-traumatic stress, stress-reduction techniques, and current therapies. The Encyclopedia of Stress makes information easy to find and understand for a broad audience of researchers, clinicians, professionals, and students.
* Presenting the first-ever encyclopedia on stress
* Brings together the latest information on stressors, stress responses, and the disorders that can result
* Covers stress from molecules to man to societies
* Contains nearly 400 articles, covering a wide range of stress-related topics
* Arranges topics in easily found alphabetical order
* Supplements each article with a glossary and further reading list
* Provides the most comprehensive coverage of stress available
* Includes extensive cross-referencing between articles and a complete subject index
* Covers hot topics, ranging from stress in the workplace and post-traumatic stress disorder to stress-related diseases
* Edited by one of the world's leading authorities on stress
* Written by more than 560 experts from 20 different countries
* Appeals to a wide audience seeking information on topics within and outside their areas of expertise
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"Given the pervasive nature of stress in everyone's lives, it is amazing that no major reference work to date has previously focused on this subject. The three-volume Encyclopedia of Stress fills a large gap in the encyclopedic literature of psychology and physiology. The 14 subject areas and 394 articles cover every aspect of stress, from the emotional to the biochemical. Navigation through the volumes is logical and straightforward. ...It is well written and may easily hold the interest of someone who is merely casually browsing. Depth of content is appropriate for undergraduates and graduate students and the professional looking for comprehensive background information. This impressive work addresses an issue fundamental to the quality of life. It would be an excellent addition to the collection of academic, medical, psychological, and public libraries."
—Lorraine Evans in AMERICAN REFERENCE BOOKS ANNUAL 2002
"A fantastic endeavour and a very clear idea that manages to combine an academically relevant topic with a socially relevant issue. A really good combination of topics with scientific excellence and social relevance... It is well-written, by many of the world authorities, and accessible, sexy and nicely cross-referenced with related topics and indexing ...There is really nothing like this book."
—BRITISH MEDICAL AWARDS (November 2001)
"...everytime you pick up one of them to look at one article in particular, you'll be perusing them for an hour or two, wondering when you'll find the time to go do more library research on each of the many topics and ideas that caught your attention. These books would be useful in so many venues it is difficult to know what to list. They are clearly enough written that they could be used in medical or psychological service settings for education of both patients and practitioners. Every university library ought to include them, and many psychology and psychiatry departments will definitely want to have copies."
—PSYCHOLOGICAL REPORTS (2001)
"It provides the most comprehensive and updated survey of research in stress medicine, by leading authors in the field. A must in any medical or psychological library."
—PSYCHOTHERAPY AND PSYCHOSOMATICS (2000)
George Fink is a Neuroendocrinologist and Neuropharmacologist who has had a major interest in stress since the start of his career. He was recently appointed Vice President and Director of Research of the Pharmos Corporation in Israel and the United States, and is the former Director of the Medical Research Council's Brain Metabolism Unit and honorary professor in the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Dr. Fink has published over 340 neuroendocrine papers and several authoritative books, and is past president of the European Neuroendocrine Association.
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