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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (3 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755318137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755318131
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A global news story in 2007, this is the inspirational tale of a hospice, a doctor and a very special cat who is able to predict when the hospice patients are going to die. And because of Oscar's companionship, they do not die alone

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Dr David Dosa is a geriatrician in Rhode Island and an assistant professor of medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr Dosa has published in scientific peer-reviewed literature in the areas of nursing home quality improvement, delirium and end of life care. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 15 Feb 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book - Very readable and also touching ... Dementia is not an easy subject and still rather taboo, so Dr David Dosa combines the biography of an extraordinary cat with some 'home truths' about the tragedy of this terrible illness and how it can be thoughtfully managed by carers - Human and also Feline if we are really lucky ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Mar 2010
Format: Hardcover
Oscar the Cat - a tabby/white mix - who was one of six cats living with the patients at the Steere Nursing Home in Rhode Island - became famous when his habit of sitting with dying patients in their last stage of life was written up in the news media. Dr David Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor at Brown University, who's also an attending physician at Steere, wrote up his findings about Oscar's behavior and published it in the New England Journal of Medicine. (NEJM)

Dr Dosa expanded his article for NEJM into a small book, called "Making Rounds with Oscar", where he tries to determine if Oscar has a true gift for knowing when a person is near death. The dying often give off a sweet smell that Dr Dosa thinks Oscar may have a heightened awareness of and that's responsible for his attentiveness to the dying.

But Dr Dosa's book is more than just a look at Oscar. It's also a look at the patients at Steere and the families of the patients and the staff at the home who provide loving care in the patients' final days. Most of the patients at Steere are there because of dementia and had been living with their families until they entered Steere. Dr Dosa talks about the caregivers - both at home and at Steere - and the almost superhuman jobs they do to ensure the best quality of life possible for those suffering from dementia.

Dr Dosa gives us a wonderful look at those caregivers who tend to the sick and at Oscar the Cat who gently sits with them at their deaths. A very good book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wild about Books on 8 Mar 2010
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After reading about Dewey the library cat and having heard of Oscar I decided to buy the book. While I found the information on dementia interesting, I found the book to be less about Oscar and more about Dr. Dosia and Nurse Mary. It was almost like the good doctor used the book to write his autobiography. I just really didn't care about his life story or aches and pains, I have my own. Next time, please more about the animal!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Smith on 5 April 2010
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I found this book a very heart-warming tale .
Dr Dosa also puts across in lay-man's language how terrible alzheimers disease is something I knew very little about until I read the book,and it really put things into prospective.
Since reading it I have developed a great respect for everyone who works in this field ,as it highlighted what a great job people who care for the elderly do.
This book has its happy as well as sad moments and is well worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave Smith on 23 Mar 2010
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Whether you are a cat lover or not this is one book you should read. A real story about a beautiful feline friend and bedside companion to many terminally ill people. It's heartwarming and heartwrenching at the same time.

This is a book you will not just read yourself and then give to a charity shop immediately. Trust me your family and friends will love this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jaciuk on 6 Mar 2010
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I was fascinated by this little cat. I have 8 cats myself and know they have a sixth sense as I believe most animals do. However, this was not just a story about a cat but about an illness that any one of us may suffer at any time and the knowledge I feel I have gained about it from reading this book is eye opening.

Julie J
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MISS R A BURGOINE on 19 Jan 2011
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This was an appealing concept. It would have made for a charming heart warming tale. It did have points of this and it was tastefully written. However, it all felt just a little bit too self centred from the angle of the author. There was alot of informative points and it was true to life, I work in a similar environment and some of the issues raised made me stop and think about my own proffesional performance and practices. As a cat lover I was hoping from just a little bit more from the book, its hard to put my finger on it, theres just something missing. So BE WARNED... if your expecting a book thats centers around Oscar the cat... as the title sugguests!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By songbird on 1 May 2011
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Thoroughly enjoyable read. Apart from stories about Oscar Dr. Dosa gives a clear insight into how the awful alzeimers disease affects not only the patients but also their loved ones. On the downside i sometimes get spooked when my cat joins me on my bed!!!!
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