Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa

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MEOW; here is another book with a cute, fluffy cat on the cover but with a twist. Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat by David Dosa, M.D. is not a collection of charming anecdotes of Oscar's behavior and daily excursions. In fact, this book is not as much about Oscar the cat as it is about different ways a residential care facility has dealt with patients suffering from dementia.

Dr. David Dosa and Oscar made headlines in 2007 when the doctor published an article in a medical journal describing Oscar's ability to sense a patient's approaching death. By doing that, Oscar supplied comfort to the residents and also to their families dealing with the latter stages of Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of end-stage dementia. It is interesting to note that Dr. Dosa was not a self-proclaimed fan of cats and was initially skeptical of Oscar's intuitiveness and healing presence. While observing Oscar and the effect he had on the residents and their families, the doctor came to realize that the cat does indeed have special abilities. He fills his book with narratives that touch upon the care given to those dying patients by the residential facility, interviews with remaining family members and the effect Oscar has on all that encountered him.

Making Rounds with Oscar will not only enchant cat lovers, but will touch the hearts of anyone who has ever had a friend or family member affected by Alzheimer's disease.

Submitted by Lori @ Central


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