Fight-or-flight Response in the ancient Egyptian novel "Sinuhe" (c. 1800 BCE)

Francesco M. Galassi, Thomas Böni, Frank J. Rühli, Michael E. Habicht

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The fight-or-flight response, described for the first time by Walter Bradford Cannon (1871–1945), is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a harmful event or threat. It consists of autonomic-driven physiological changes such as acceleration of cardiac and respiratory rates, release of stored energy, dilation and more blood supply to muscles, mydriasis and so forth (Cannon, 1927).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-28
Number of pages2
JournalAutonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Ancient Egypt
  • Fight-or-flight response
  • Neurology
  • Physiology
  • Sinuhe
  • Egyptology
  • Middle Kingdom
  • Literature


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