The New Science of Sunlight and How it Shapes Our Bodies and Minds By Linda Geddes.
The full story of how our relationship with light shapes our health, productivity and mood. 'A sparkling and illuminating study, one of those rare books that could genuinely improve your life' Sunday Times Since the dawn of time, humans have worshipped the sun. And with good reason. Our biology is set up to work in partnership with it. From our sleep cycles to our immune systems and our mental health, access to sunlight is crucial for living a happy and fulfilling life. New research suggests that our sun exposure over a lifetime - even before we were born - may shape our risk of developing a range of different illnesses, from depression to diabetes. Bursting with cutting-edge science and eye-opening advice, Chasing the Sun explores the extraordinary significance of sunlight, from ancient solstice celebrations to modern sleep labs. Our connection to the star that gave us life. It's a loss that could have far-reaching consequences that we're only just beginning to grasp.
A new exhibition at the Bodleian's Weston Library revisits approaches to mental health, using objects from our vast collection to highlight common experiences and connections over time. Curated by Oxford experts in mental health research, the exhibition shows how medieval thought finds surprising echoes in contemporary psychiatry and prescriptions for mental health. A New Anatomy of Melancholy Running from 29th Sep 2021 - 20th March 2022