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June 1964

Bibliotherapy (the October issue of Library Trends.)

Arch Intern Med. 1964;113(6):897-898. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.00280120097022

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Some time ago I received a document with the horrendous title Bibliotherapy. It put me in a spate of mental turmoil. I assumed that it was something to do with Alcoholics Anonymous, the therapy of the bibulous. Then I thought it over again and thought perhaps they were treating Bibles. Then I imagined it must be something issued by a bookbinder, repairer, and refurbisher since I imagined the therapy of books might be a new specialty, a new profession. After reading around in the book, I found that what Miss Tews was up to was nothing more nor less than recommending reading in treatment. It is one of the oldest forms of therapy. I have not any idea whatever why people believe they have got to unfurl a lot of neologistic banners, to get into some kind of a parade, just because they have a very simple and important message.

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