Saturday, February 2, 2019

Book Review: Making Rounds With Oscar

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Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat
by David Dosa, M.D.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 1st 2009
ISBN 1401323235 (ISBN13: 9781401323233)
Edition Language: English

Synopsis: Dr. David Dosa doesn't believe at first that one of the cats at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island, has the ability to predict when an Alzheimer's patient is near death.  Yet, as he witnesses the cat's behavior, and listens to the words of family members who sat with loved ones as they passed, each with a story about how Oscar stayed with them, Dr. Dosa realizes there is a remarkable story unfolding.

Opinion:  Dr. Dosa begins his book by openly recognizing his own arrogance, and how easily he dismisses reports about Oscar's ability to predict death in the Alzheimer's unit.  As the facts mount, he learns to open his mind to the non-scientific actions of a ordinary housecat.  In addition, this book brings to light the toll of this disease on the people who have it, their families who have lost their friend, parent, or sibling as their mind and emotions made radical changes, and the hard-working nursing and medical staffs who care for the patients.  Dr. Dosa closes the book with a few guidelines that could help family members, facing a future with Alzheimer's.

Recommendation: This is a good book!  Although it seems quite dark and sad, it's really not.  It is about love, hope, and understanding.  Any negativity is directed at the medical system that doesn't seem to support or resolve the heavy burden this disease creates for patients and their families.  The fact that Oscar appears to sense when humans are close to drawing their last breath, is treated with sober discussion...and enough of a touch of mystery to make the reader close the book and ponder.

11 comments:

  1. Hmmmmm, I wouldn't think anyone would be happy to see Oscar show up. He's pretty handsome though.

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  2. I loved that book. I was afraid to read it for fear it would be depressing, but was surprised at how uplifting it was.

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  3. I don't know that book but it seems to be amazing :) i'll add it to my "to read" list :)

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  4. Oh we a-member news stories about Oscar several years ago. I might have to send the Human to the lie-berry and then I can read it to her, ha ha ha!

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  5. It seems that many people ignore the abilities of cats - and other animals - to know things about people, especially their health. You would think many would realise that they are more than old wives' tales.

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  6. I read this book a while ago and it is amazing. Oscar sure is a special kitty who gives comfort to those around him.

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  7. You have me interested. I believe in Oscar. I wonder if he is still there?

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    1. I found a FB page for Oscar, and he's still there from what they've posted!

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  8. I have seen this book in the library and wondered if it would be too sad to read? Your review makes me reconsider that earlier assessment :)

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    1. Please consider reading the book; imho, the brief views of sadness are heavily offset by the uplifting feelings that folks have about having Oscar there to give comfort. A big chunk of the book is Dr. Dosa interviewing people, and their humanity.

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