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A form of supportive psychotherapy in which carefully selected reading materials are used to assist a subject in solving personal problems or for other therapeutic purposes.
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the use of reading as therapy
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(ˌbɪb li oʊˈθɛr ə pi)

the use of books and other reading materials as an enhancing adjunct to therapy.
bib`li•o•ther`a•peu′tic (-ˈpyu tɪk) adj.
bib`li•o•ther′a•pist, n.
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Psychiatry. the therapeutic use of books and magazines in the treatment of mental illness or shock. — bibliotherapist, n. — bibliotherapeutic, adj.
See also: Remedies
the therapeutic use of reading material in the treatment of nervous diseases. — bibliotherapist, n. — bibliotherapeutic, adj.
See also: Books
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