Medical Subject Headings
Bibliotherapy; History, 19th Century; Mental Disorders/therapy
Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment | Library and Information Science | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry and Psychology | Rehabilitation and Therapy
Introduction: Hospital libraries, including ones designed for patient use, share a common history with hospitals in the evolution of health care delivery 1. The library as a component of the early “insane asylum” in the United States is well documented, and many had been established by the mid-nineteenth century. While these libraries certainly existed as a means of recreation for asylum patients, this historical communication will demonstrate they also served as a center for “bibliotherapy,” the use of reading as a means of healing.
Levin, Len L. and Gildea, Ruthann, "Bibliotherapy: tracing the roots of a moral therapy movement in the United States from the early nineteenth century to the present" (2013). University of Massachusetts Medical School. Library Publications and Presentations. Paper 143.
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