Letter to Etienne de Harven on Hans Selye

This letter was written in June 2000
and posted during the Internet Discussion
of the South African Presidential AIDS Advisory Panel

New York June 14th, 2000

Professor Etienne de Harven
Professor Emeritus of Pathology, University of Toronto
former Electron-microscopist at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute, New York

Dear professor De Harven:

Thank you very much for bringing to the South African Government AIDS Advisory Panel discussion Hans Selye’s scientific work.

I do believe that Selye’s research on stress teaches us a lot about understanding the pathogenesis of AIDS.

My hypothesis of immunological stressors being the cause of AIDS has its basis in Selye’s research. Here are some references about his very valuable research. Their study will be of great help in understanding and overcoming AIDS in Africa and elsewhere:

1936 A syndrome Produced by Diverse Nocuous Agents. Nature 138:32.

1936 Thymus and Adrenals in the Response of the Organism to Injuries and Intoxication. Brit J Exp Path 17:234-248.

1937 Studies on Adaptation. Endocrinology 21:169.

1944 Role of the Hypophysis in the Pathogenesis of the Diseases of Adaptation. Canad M A J 50:426.

1946 The General Adaptation Syndrome and the Diseases of Adaptation. J Clin Endocrinol 6:117-230.

1949 Effects of ACTH and Cortisone Upon an "Anaphalactyoid Reaction". Can Med Ass J 61:553-556.

1950 Stress and the General Adaptation Syndrome. Brit Med J 1:1383-1382.

1950 STRESS. The Physiology and Pathology of Exposure to Stress. Montreal: Act Inc Med Publ.

1951 First Annual Report on Stress. Montreal: Acta Inc Med Publ.

1952 The Story of the Adaptation Syndrome. Montreal: Acta Inc Med Pub.

1952 Second Annual Report on Stress - 1952. Montreal: Acta Inc Med Publ.

1953 The Role of Stress in Health and Disease. Explorations 1:57.

1953 Third Annual Report on Stress - 1953. Montreal: Acta Inc Med Publ.

1954 The Alarm Reaction, The General Adaptation Syndrome and the Role of Stress and of the Adaptative Hormones in Dental Medicine. Oral Surg 7:355.

1954 Stress and Abnormal Growth. Canadian Cancer Institute, Cancer Conference, Honey Harbour, Ont, June 16, p. 254.

1954. Algunas Impicaciones Practicas del Stress en Medicina. Semana Médica p. 142.

1954 An Experimental Model Illustrating the Pathogenesis of the Diseases of Adaptation. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 14:997-1005.

1954 Fourth Annual Report on Stress - 1954. Montreal: Acta Inc Med Publ.

1955 Stress and Disease. Geriatrics 10:253 and Science 122:625-631.

1955 Stress Hormones and Inflammation. Am J Proctol 6:226.

1955 Specific Alarm Syndromes. Postgrad Med 17:336.

1955 The Stress-Concept in 1955. J Chronic Dis 2:583.

1956 The Stress of Life. New York: McGraw Hill.

1961 The Pluricausal Cardiopathies. Springfield: Charles C. Thomas Pub.

1964 From Dream to Discovery. New York: McGraw Hill.

1968 Anaphilactoid Edema. St. Louis: W. H. Green. 318 p.

1969 Catatoxic Steroids. Can Med Ass J 101:51-52.

1967 In Vivo: The Case for Supramolecular Biology. New York: Livesight Pub Co.

1970 Hormones and Resistance. New York: Spring-Verlag.

1974 Stress Withous Distress. New York: JB Lippincot.

1979 The Stress of my Life: A Scientist’s Memory. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold.

1979 Cancer, Stress and Death. By TACHE J, SELYE H & DAY SB. New York: Plenum Medical Book Company. 233.

1982 History and Present Status of the Stress Concept. In: GOLDBERG L & BREZNITZ S. Handbook of Stress: Theoretical and Clinical Aspects. New York: Free Press. P. 7-17.

1986 Cancer, Stress and Death. Secon Edition. By DAY SB. To the memory of Jean Tache and Hans Selye. New York: Plenum Medical Book Company. 262 p.

All my best wishes,
Roberto Giraldo

Roberto A. Giraldo