Bibliotherapy is an old concept in library science. In the US it is documented as dating back to the 1930’s. The basic concept behind bibliotherapy is that reading is a healing experience. It was applied to both general practice medical care, especially after WWII, because the soldiers had a lot of time on their hands while recuperating. Also, the soldiers felt that reading was healing and helpful. In psychiatric institutions bibliotherapeutic groups flourished during this time. The books kept the patients busy, and they seemed to be good for their general sense of well being for a variety of reasons.

Bibliotherapy – from Wikipedia
Hat tip Marginal Revolution

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