Perched on the exterior of our delicate and intricate body, we see our skin, touch it and live in it every moment of our lives. And yet how often do we consider what the skin has to deal with, faced with the joys and terrors, pleasures and pain of the outside world?
Everything that hits us strikes our skin first – it is a habitat for a mesmerizingly complex world of micro-organisms and its physical functions are vital to our health and survival. Everyone who sees us, views our skin first – it is a doorway to ideas of identity, imbued with social significance and psychological meaning.
Whether male or female, old or young, we all have unanswered questions about this underrated and overlooked organ. Does our diet affect our skin? What makes the skin age? Why can't we tickle ourselves? Through the lenses of science, sociology and history Skin: An Intimate Journey through Our Outer Covering explores the comedy, tragedy and exquisite humanity of the skin.
Dr Monty Lyman travelled the globe to research Skin, including Africa, South Asia and Australasia. Educated at Oxford University, he currently works in a world-leading dermatology institution and is the national head of undergraduate and junior doctor dermatology in the UK. He holds three degrees, has won several national prizes in dermatology and medical writing and he regularly gives talks at national conferences. In 2017 he won the Wilfred Thesiger Travel Writing Award for his report on a dermatological research trip to Tanzania, presented by Colin Thubron, President of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in Oxford, England.