I am writing to share an online exhibit created in conjunction with the Homer D. Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut on the history of bibliotherapy, or the use of books as medicine, in World War I.
HAVE YOU EVER READ A BOOK AND FELT HEALED BY IT?
Most readers can think of a novel that offered some comfort, a poem that presented direction, or even a biography that provided inspiration. The notion that books can heal is as old as reading itself but, during World War I, doctors and librarians joined together to apply reading as a form of therapy.
Visit the online exhibit at www.booksasmedicine.com
Ph. D. Candidate in History
University of Connecticut, Storrs