Stress and Stress Management

  • Phillip J. Brantley
  • Bradley T. Thomason
Part of the Springer Series in Rehabilitation and Health book series (SSRH)


The origins of stress date back to antiquity. In the 14th century, the term stress described social hardship and economic adversity prevalent at the time. The concept of stress remained relatively obscure until physical science adopted the term. Inspired by the work of Robert Hooke, 18th-century physicist Thomas Young defined stress as the “ratio of force within the elastic body, which balances an external applied force, to the area over which the force acts” (Engel, 1985).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Phillip J. Brantley
    • 1
  • Bradley T. Thomason
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Family MedicineLouisiana State University Medical CenterBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Family and Preventive MedicineEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA

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