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In Praise of Pilot Studies

In Praise of Pilot Studies

Richard McCarty

The field of stress research started in the first half of the 20th century, thanks to the efforts of two famous physician-scientists, Walter B. Cannon and Hans Selye (McCarty, 2016a, 2016b). Cannon popularized the concept of the fight-or-flight response and studied the emergency function of epinephrine (EPI), a hormone secreted into blood from the inner portion of the adrenal gland. (To appreciate the effects of EPI, think of a time when you were frightened, and your heart was pounding, your breathing increased, and the hair on the back of your neck was standing on end.) Selye connected the effects of stress with chronic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis. More recently, ...

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