British Doctors Prescribe Books

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

Instead of "take two and call me in the morning " — some doctors in Britain are telling patients "take out a book and call me in 10 days." The country's health system has joined with libraries to allow doctors to prescribe books as an alternative to drugs for those patients suffering from milder forms of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and anorexia.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.