Stress is a universal phenomenon that impacts adversely on most people.  Following on the heels of Stress Science: Neuroendocrinology and Stress Consequences: Mental, Neuropsychological and Socioeconomic, this third derivative volume will provide a readily accessible and affordable compendium that explains the phenomenon of stress as it relates physically and mentally to war, conflict and disaster.  The first section will be dedicated to study of the link between stress and various forms of conflict.  Specific instances of conflict will be discussed - the Gulf wars, Korea, Hiroshima bombing, the Holocaust, 9/11, Northern Ireland, terrorism in general, torture.  The second section will explore the stress impact of more general physical disasters such as airline and vehicle accidents, earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes.  The final section will focus on the clinical relationship between conflict stress and various mental diseases – PTSD, suicide, disaster syndrome, etc – as well as the adverse impact of stress on human physical health in general. 

Comprised of about 100 top articles selected from Elsevier’s Encyclopedias of Stress, the volume will provide a valuable desk reference that will put relevant articles readily at the fingertips of all scientists who consider stress.

Key Features

Chapters offer impressive and unique scope with topics addressing the  relationship between stress generated by war, conflict and disaster and  various physical/mental disorders
Richly illustrated with over 200 figures, dozens in color
Articles carefully selected by one of the world’s most preeminent stress researchers and contributors represent the most outstanding scholarship in the field, with each chapter providing fully vetted and reliable expert knowledge


Clinical endocrinologists and neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, graduates/advanced undergraduates in medicine and psychology, and basic/clinical researchers in neuroendocrinology, neuropharmacology, immunology, molecular biology, and genetics.


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About the author

George Fink

Dr. George Fink is Professorial Research Fellow in the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health at the University of Melbourne of which he is also Honorary Professor. He was formerly Scientific Director of the Mental Health Research Institute of Victoria. Before returning to Melbourne in 2003, Dr. Fink was University Lecturer in Human Anatomy University of Oxford and Fellow in Physiology and Medicine at Brasenose College, Oxford. He served for nearly 20 years as Director of the UK Medical Research Council’s Brain Metabolism Unit in Edinburgh. Dr. Fink gained distinction through his seminal research discoveries in neuroendocrinology and psychopharmacology published in over 360 scientific papers. Dr Fink served as President of the European Neuroendocrine Association. His distinctions include Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, Honorary Professor in the University of Edinburgh, the inaugural Geoffrey Harris Prize Lecture of the British Physiological Society, the Wolfson Lecture, Royal Society - Israel Academy Exchange Fellow, and Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology. Dr Fink’s membership of learned societies includes Emeritus member of the Society for Neuroscience, the Endocrine Society and the Genetics Society of America. He is Honorary member of the British Society for Neuroendocrinology, and senior member of the British Physiological Society, the Society for Endocrinology and the British Pharmacological Society. Dr Fink has edited several scientific books with Elsevier, including Stress Science: Neuroendocrinology (2009), Stress Consequences: Mental, Neuropsychological and Socioeconomic (2009), Stress of War, Conflict and Disaster (2010), the Handbook of Neuroendocrinology (2012), and most notably a 4-volume Encyclopedia of Stress (2007) on which this new Handbook of Stress series is based. Dr Fink was foundin