Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

A new BBC Radio 4 series: The Anatomy of Melancholy will air from Monday 11 May at 1.45 pm. The first episode is entitled - Who is free from melancholy?

In 1621, Robert Burton published The Anatomy of Melancholy. It was the first attempt in the modern western world to understand and categorise causes, symptoms and treatments of that universal human experience.

Writing from Oxford where he was a life-long scholar, librarian of Christ Church and a vicar, Burton drew on the writing of others and also his own experiences.

Four hundred years on, when clinical depression is stated to be the leading cause of global disability, and there are many challenges to our mental health, a new series for BBC Radio 4 is asking: how far have we come? And is there anything we can learn from Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy to help us today?

This new BBC Radio 4 series will run across two weeks from Monday 11 May, Mon-Fri, 1.45 pm, with an omnibus edition on Friday evenings.

Simon Russell Beale will read sections of The Anatomy throughout.

Professor John Geddes, Head of Department, will feature in episodes 1, 2 and 10. He has also been a series consultant.

Read more on the Department of Psychiatry website

Similar stories

Having a healthier heart associated with better problem-solving and reaction time

General Research

People with healthier heart structure and function appear to have better cognitive abilities, including increased capacity to solve logic problems and faster reaction times, according to a study involving University of Oxford and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) researchers.

Eoghan Mulholland receives prestigious Lee Placito Research Fellowship

Awards and Appointments General

Dr Eoghan Mulholland has received the prestigious Lee Placito Research Fellowship in Gastrointestinal Cancer. Eoghan will use this 3-year position to research cell interactions in colorectal cancers.

Eleven Oxford professors honoured by the Academy of Medical Sciences

Awards and Appointments General

The Academy of Medical Sciences has elected 11 University of Oxford biomedical and health scientists to its fellowship.