Teaching the interrelationship between stress, emotions, and cardiovascular risk using a classic paper by Walter Cannon

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Abstract

Classroom discussion, of the classic article by Walter B. Cannon, in 1914, entitled "The emergency function of the adrenal medulla in pain and the major emotions," is an excellent tool to teach graduate students the interaction between stress, emotions, and cardiovascular function. Using this article, we are able to review important early research by Dr. Cannon, including discussion, of his scientific methods and results and how they hold true today. This article outlines how this classic paper is used to allow students to explore basics principles of cardiovascular control during stress. The teaching points that are presented illustrate how students can be directed to understand the interrelationship between chronic stress and cardiovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-22
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Advances in Physiology Education
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Adrenal
  • Epinephrine

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