Hi all! It's time for those weekend blog hops once again!
What is your opinion of bibliotherapy? Do you think this is a useful way
of dealing with psychological issues? If you've used it yourself, or
know someone who has, what book(s) would you recommend?
You could say I use bibliotherapy every day, as it's my way to relax before going to sleep. However, I have never used it to combat any particular issues. I think it has the potential to be useful in this regard, much like music therapy, animal therapy etc. But with all these, I think efficacy would vary from person to person, and all the factors would need to be taken into account. It may need to be used in conjunction with other treatments etc. So I don't think you can say categorical it would help in all cases, though it may be useful in some. As for which books, surely that would depend on what problems the person was facing, so I couldn't choose anything without knowing all the facts.
The earliest written recorded accounts of the use of medicines in man are on the Mesopotamian clay tablets which are about 5000 years old and then in Egyptian papyri from about 2000 BCE.
From page 56:
It was at this time that the slogan that made his product famous was coined--'Beecham's pills, worth a guinea a box'.
A History of the Medicines We Take
Armstrong & Cartwright
A HISTORY OF THE MEDICINES WE TAKE gives a lively account of the development of medicines from traces of herbs found with the remains of Neanderthal man, to prescriptions written on clay tablets from Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC, to pure drugs extracted from plants in the nineteenth century to the latest biotechnology antibody products.