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Although bibliotherapy has been known and practiced since ancient times, the term itself is of more recent origin. It is generally credited to Samuel McChord Crothers in an article in Atlantic Monthly in 1916. Shrodes (1955) has defined bibliotherapy as "a process of dynamic interaction between the personality of the reader and imaginative literature which may engage his emotions and free them for conscious and productive use." The Association of Hospital and Institution Libraries has adopted as official the dictionary definition which reads . . . "guidance in the solution of personal problems through directed reading." Simply stated bibliotherapy is helping students to help themselves solve their problems through reading.

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