Thursday, July 8, 2010

Making the Rounds with Oscar

Dosa, David, M.D. Making the Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat. NY: Hyperion, 2010.

Reviewed by Sharon Clayton

Dr. David Dosa was a non-believer. He didn't like cats. He was a dog person. Oscar the cat can't know when a person is dying, he's just one of several strays that lives in a nursing home. But maybe it's true...

Oscar not only comforts dying nursing home residents with dementia, but he also touches the lives of the family members who are left behind as well as the staff at the nursing home where he resides. Dr. Dosa's book documents his quest to find out about Oscar's gift by interviewing family members who lost their loved ones on Oscar's watch. The book also explains the stages of dementia which is very informative for
people who are affected by this debilitating illness.

For more of Sharon Clayton's favorite reads see The Eclectic Review.

Available at the Grinnell's Drake Community Library

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