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Soaking up the rays: Light therapy and visual culture in Britain, c. 1890-1940.

Author: Tania Woloshyn
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Manchester University Press, 2017.
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Soaking up the rays forges a new path for exploring Britain's fickle love of the light by investigating the beginnings of light therapy in the country, from c.1890-1940. Despite rapidly becoming a leading treatment for tuberculosis, rickets and other infections and skin diseases, light therapy was a contentious medical practice. Bodily exposure to light, whether for therapeutic or aesthetic ends, persists as a  Read more...
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Woloshyn, Tania.
Soaking up the rays: Light therapy and visual culture in Britain, c. 1890-1940.
[Place of publication not identified] : Manchester University Press, 2017
(DLC) 2017300229
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Tania Woloshyn
ISBN: 9781526115980 1526115980 9781784995126 1784995126
OCLC Number: 1030816290
Description: 1 online resource (288 pages)
Contents: Consuming light --
Dosing sunburn --
Light registers --
Vanguard rays --
Photogenic suntans --
Dead points.

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Soaking up the rays forges a new path for exploring Britain's fickle love of the light by investigating the beginnings of light therapy in the country, from c.1890-1940. Despite rapidly becoming a leading treatment for tuberculosis, rickets and other infections and skin diseases, light therapy was a contentious medical practice. Bodily exposure to light, whether for therapeutic or aesthetic ends, persists as a contested subject to this day: recommended to counter psoriasis and other skin conditions as well as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and depression; closely linked to notions of beauty, happiness and well-being, fuelling tourism to sunny locales abroad and the tanning industry at home; and yet with repeated health warnings that it is a dangerous carcinogen. By analysing archival photographs, illustrated medical texts, advertisements, lamps, and goggles and their visual representation of how light acted upon the body, Woloshyn assesses their complicated contribution to the founding of light therapy. Soaking up the rays will appeal to those intrigued by medicine's visual culture, especially academics and students of the histories of art and visual culture, material cultures, medicine, science and technology, and popular culture.

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