Monty Lyman

Monty Lyman


Monty Lyman is a medical doctor, author and research fellow at the University of Oxford. His clinical, research and writing interests focus on the relationship between mind and body.

He won the 2017 Wilfred Thesiger Travel Writing Award for his report on a dermatological research trip to Tanzania.

Following global research, his first book, The Remarkable Life of the Skin was published by Bantam Press in the UK and by Grove Atlantic in North America in 2019. Shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Science Book Prize, it was a BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week' and a Sunday Times 'Book of the Year'. The Remarkable Life of the Skin has been translated into nine languages.

His acclaimed The Painful Truth, on the new science of why we hurt (and how we can heal), was published by Bantam Press in 2021 and was a Top 10 Amazon bestseller. It has been translated into five languages. His essay based on research for The Painful Truth won the 2020 Royal Society of Medicine essay prize.

The Immune Mind, Dr Lyman’s third book on the relationship between the immune system and our mental health will be published in 2024.

Monty Lyman

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The Immune Mind - The New Science of Health by Monty Lyman

Delving into the recent discovery of the brain's immune system, Dr Monty Lyman reveals the extraordinary implications for our physical and mental health.

Up until the last ten years, we have misunderstood a fundamental aspect of human health. Although the brain and the body have always been viewed as separate entities – treated in separate hospitals – science now shows that they are intimately linked. Startlingly, we now know that our immune system is in constant communication with our brain and can directly alter our mental health.

This has opened up a new frontier in medicine. Could inflammation cause depression, and arthritis drugs cure it? Can gut microbes shape your behaviour through the vagus nerve? Can something as simple as brushing your teeth properly reduce your risk of dementia? Could childhood infections lie behind neurological and psychiatric disorders such as tics and OCD?

In The Immune Mind, Dr Monty Lyman explores the fascinating connection between the mind, immune system and microbiome, offering practical advice on how to stay healthy. A specialist in the cutting-edge field of immunopsychiatry, Lyman argues that we need to change the way we treat disease and the way we see ourselves. For the first time, we have a new approach to medicine that treats the whole human being.

Other Publications

by Monty Lyman

    The Immune Mind - The New Science of Health
    The Painful Truth
    The Remarkable Life Of The Skin