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Making the Rounds with Oscar: The Inspirational Story of a Doctor, His Patients and a Very Special Cat by David Dosa (2011-03-01)

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  • By V.M. on August 18, 2015

    Just loved this, especially since I have worked as a nurse and with elders and the dying

  • By Jane on November 6, 2015

    I am an animal lover though I consider myself more of a dog person than a cat person. Regardless, I still appreciate the stories of cats and other animals who are extraordinary. It is almost impossible not to adore Oscar who is a fairly unfriendly cat when he is not helping the dying with their transition.Dr. Dosa is an interesting narrator because he is an open minded skeptic. Many doctors are resistant to anything that seems even remotely supernatural and even though Dr. Dosa never fully figures out how Oscar can tell that a patient is dying he does eventually come to believe that Oscar has a gift.I also love that Dr. Dosa is willing to admit that Oscar is not infallible and he occasionally makes mistakes.On the surface this is a book about a special cat but we also get many stories about patients and families. Especially those dealing with Alzheimer disease. Their stories even more than the wonders of Oscar and the character of Dr. Dosa make the book worth reading. Aging is a natural part of life and so many of us will spend some portion of time caring for elderly family members and possibly being elderly and sick ourselves one day. In many ways I feel like Making Rounds with Oscar is a story of hope. Geriatric patients can lose their memory but still hold on to threads of who they are. Children can love parents who no longer know them. Alzheimer disease is often fatal but for Dr. Dosa’s patients there is kind staff, support for family members, and Oscar to help patients and their family get through some of the hardest times of their lives.

  • By WendyeLou on October 13, 2013

    I had heard about Oscar and wanted to know more. I hadn't realized he was part of the 'team' in a dementia ward. While this book doesn't talk as much about Oscar as I would have liked, it's still very much worth your while reading it. The author talks a lot about dementia - and of course this is to be expected as it is what he is involved in. Some of the stories about the patients BEFORE they got dementia are really interesting. The impact that Oscar has on the lives of the people who are or were in contact with him - staff of Steere House, patients and the patients' families - is AMAZING!! ALL animals are AMAZING and I'm ever so grateful to God that we have these incredible creations in our lives. I know how enriching it is to have pussycats as valued members of our family so I know how valuable it would be for a caring environment like a nursing home to have these beautiful creations gracing their hallways. It's really great that so many people love cats and that cats can give so much joy to people - especially in the last days of their lives here on earth. I don't think we give enough credit to pets and their ability to enrich our lives. God bless ALL animals and the people who are passionate about them! xo xo xo xo xo xo

  • By Rhoanne W Washington on January 20, 2013

    My order was not correct, I ordered large print but received regular print. The site was actually the problem. Large print does not exist. Thorndike Press went out of their way to correct the problem all the way from England! I HIGHLY recommend them.The book is really good. Sad but beautiful true story.

  • By Guest on April 30, 2015

    Delightful easy read book for cat lovers

  • By PJD on March 28, 2013

    I agree with the reviewer who wrote words to the effect this book was less about Oscar and more about "Mary" and the patients being cared for. I got to page 43 where Dr. Doza confesses that Oscar has been going to the rooms of patients about to die "For the last year or so, from what I'm told.".....And he is just now beginning to put some stock in these events.....Not a quick study and I certainly would not want him caring for a loved one of mine....I am giving up on this book even though I have a sticker on my car that says "My cat is smarter than your honor student" which has really angered a lot of people. However, when I bring up Oscar and his amazing talent to sense impending death, I don't get much of a response from the angered parent or grandparent.I've been rescuing cats and dogs for 30 yrs + hence I am a dedicated feline lover. This book however was pretty much a waste of money. I'll donate it to the local humane society instead. I just can't get past this is such a "duh-h-h-h kind of doctor".......

  • By Barb on May 10, 2013

    Told by physician Dr David Dosa, the story of Oscar, a care cat at a New York hospice for people in the terminal stages of dementia, is engaging and touching but wonderfully devoid of sentimentality. Oscar has a special gift - the ability to determine the hour of a patient's death before the medical signs become obvious to staff. Not so hard to fathom given the super sensory perceptions of animals. Making the Rounds with Oscar is also incredibly informative. I have a close neighbour in the early stages of dementia and this crash course in a condition that affects so many came at just the right time for me to help the right way. People with dementia are not like children. Children learn. People with dementia are in the process of ``unlearning'' everything. That simple fact has made me much more understanding and patience. Thanks Oscar.

  • By Martha C. McMillan on April 10, 2017

    Love this book. Can't say enough good things to say about this book. I am a self-admitted cat person. One of my sister has been diagnosed with dementia. The book is not a medical journal. I found it reasuring and even humorus. Best of all, don't fell guilty, it isn't your fault. Patience varies among individuals, relationships,, etc. This may seem obvious to some but is reasuing to others. God bless you all.

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