From Stress to Burnout, a History of Knowledge
Patrick Kury presents the first description of the way stress-over the course of social, political, and economic change-became a topic that defines people's everyday lives.
The notion of stress began its victory march in the 1930s with the conceptualization of the general adaptation syndrome. After the Second World War, psycho-social stress research began its ascent in the USA and Scandinavia.
For the moment, the current "burnout boom" marks a highpoint in this combination of medicine and social criticism based on the subject of stress.
Patrick Kury, PhD, is assistant professor for Swiss history and the history of the 19th and 20th centuries at the University of Bern.