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Sympathetic Neural and Adrenal Medullary Mechanisms in Depression and Panic Disorder

  • Murray EslerEmail author
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Abstract

The pathway towards the current recognition1 - 3 that mental stress and psychiatric ­illness is a cause of cardiovascular disease has been long, halting and at times vigorously defended by opposing forces of the medical status quo. For many years this claimed relation of acute mental stress to heart attacks was largely based on individual anecdotes, such as the celebrated case of the famous eighteenth-century English ­surgeon, John Hunter, who wrote that he was at the mercy of any scoundrel who aggravated him, then proved the point by dying suddenly in the middle of a stormy meeting of the board of his hospital.

Keywords

Sympathetic nervous system Adrenal medullary mechanisms Depression Panic disorder Psychoneurocardiology Adrenaline secretion Sympathetic pathophysiology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hypertension Thrombosis and Vascular Biology DivisionBaker IDI Heart and Diabetes InstituteMelbourneAustralia

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