The psychobiological life history approach to psychiatry is perhaps the
most important of Adolf Meyer's contributions to psychiatric thinking. The
author outlines the implications of that approach for current concepts and
practice. He reviews the literature regarding the causative role of life
experiences in the genesis of psychiatric disorder, the extent to which the
effects of stressors are situation- specific, the effects of stress on the
organism, the reason for individual variations in the response to stress,
and the cause of life stressors.