What We See author Clare Cooper Marcus, Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, has been cited in a recent media release hailing the benefits of shaded healing gardens for the patient experience and health outcome of an ailment. Clare, the author of "Healing Gardens in Hospitals" lends credence to a growing body of research on the subject, saying,"One can reasonably assume that change to a more relaxed and calmer frame of mind is likely to enhance the immune system and thus the body has a better chance of healing itself."
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The release focuses on the importance of shade to providing the patient with the greatest health benefits, which Clare also supports. She stipulates that gardens must offer visitors the choice to sit in sun or shade. For some visitors, it's a matter of physical comfort. For many patients, however, shade is imperative; for example, burn patients may experience pain in direct sunlight, and certain cancer and HIV medications require users to keep out of the sun.