Together with fun, what are other benefits of adult coloring books? Coloring books have seen wide application in the health professions as educational tools. One nurse, trying to limit the trauma of child surgery, described in an academic publication how the use of a coloring book "might help [the child] to understand what was going to happen to him." They are also used in rehabilitation of accident victims to aid recovery of hand-eye coordination, and they are used with autistic children both for entertainment and for their soothing effect. In some cases, coloring books were used to explain complicated medical condition to children. One of the appeals of adult coloring books is that they help users relax and de-stress.