Use of cortisol as a stress marker: Practical and theoretical problems.

@article{Pollard1995UseOC,
  title={Use of cortisol as a stress marker: Practical and theoretical problems.},
  author={Tessa M. Pollard},
  journal={American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council},
  year={1995},
  volume={7 2},
  pages={265-274}
}
Human biologists have shown increasing interest in the use of cortisol as an objective marker of stress in recent years. This paper reviews both practical and theoretical problems raised by this approach. The methodology of cortisol assessment using urine, saliva, and plasma is considered. There are many practical problems involved in obtaining good measures of cortisol, although the availability of salivary assays offers a promising way forward. Theoretical issues are of greater concern… CONTINUE READING
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