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The Age of Stress: Science and the Search for Stability

Mark Jackson


We are living in a stressful world. Approximately half of all British employees suffer from workplace stress and over 13 million working days are lost through stress each year, costing the economy over £4 billion per annum. Stress has had a similar impact throughout the modern world: in both developed and developing countries, stress is now the most commonly cited cause of sickness absence from work and stress-related conditions, such as depression, heart disease and cancer, constitute a substantial source of personal ill-health and economic burden. Focusing on the evolution of biological and ... More

Keywords: stress, history, homeostasis, laboratory science, chronic disease, adaptation, happiness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199588626
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199588626.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Jackson, author
Professor of the History of Medicine, Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter