|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1
The art and science of Bibliotherapy… Bibliology… Bibliography???
Ashish Sham Nichani
Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, AESC Maaruti Dental College and Research Center, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
|Date of Web Publication||25-Feb-2016|
Ashish Sham Nichani
Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, AESC Maaruti Dental College and Research Center, Bengaluru, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Nichani AS. The art and science of Bibliotherapy… Bibliology… Bibliography???. J Indian Soc Periodontol 2016;20:1
Confused right? I certainly was! So let's clear the air… “Bibliotherapy” (/biblio/being the Greek word for book) was coined by the American essayist, Samuel Crothers, and literally translates to therapeutic value derived from books! Descriptive bibliography (from Greek bibliographia, literally “book writing”), is traditionally the academic study ofbooks; in this sense, it is also known as bibliology (from Greek-logia). Enumerative bibliography is a systematic list of books and other works such as journalarticles and as we all know citation styles vary. An entry for a book in a bibliography usually contains the following elements: author(s), title, publisher and place of publication and date of publication. An entry for a journal article usually contains name(s) of the author(s), article title, journal title, volume, page numbers and date/year of publication.
As evident, the topic of this editorial is books! I believe that there are three cures for loneliness: family, friends and books. Awareness of this therapeutic value of words dates back at least to the second millennium BC. According to the Greek historian, Diodorus Siculus, the entrance to the sacred library of Pharaoh Rameses II bore the inscription “Healing-place of the soul”. The ability of books to comfort, console, intrigue or humour is known to anyone who has ever turned to them and there is no denying the fact that both the spoken word and the written word are believed to be two of the most influential tools of our times. I am sure all of us had the beautiful experience of our grandmothers enthralling us by stories passed on by word of mouth to them from one generation to another-stories which were intended to either provide entertainment or knowledge.
Books do furnish a mind, be it fiction or non-fiction, elaborate poetry or self-help manuals; and few would deny this statement 'Reading is important and helpful.' Whether it be improving social contact, engagement and attention, having a symptomatic impact, dealing with sensitive topics, increasing our ability to self-express and share, dealing with parenthood, identity and individuality or giving us enjoyment, the role books have to play on our health is now more readily recognised within healthcare.
So immerse yourself in a book today and read – let it relieve, restore, and reinvigorate you. Till we meet next… Happy Reading!
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