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Making the Rounds with Oscar: The Inspirational Story of a Doctor, His Patients and a Very Special Cat

Making the Rounds with Oscar: The Inspirational Story of a Doctor, His Patients and a Very Special Cat [Kindle Edition]

David Dosa
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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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The extraordinary – and true – story of a cat with a remarkable gift

In the summer of 2007 Oscar the cat made headlines around the world. Why? Because he knows when the patients in the Rhode Island hospice where he lives are going to die. Oscar curls up on their beds, keeps them company and enables the families to be with their loved ones at the end. Dr David Dosa's job is to respond to people's medical needs, treat them for their ailments and communicate with their families. Oscar takes care of the rest. He is a steady companion and, because of him, patients don't die alone. Can a cat really predict death? Is he smelling something or responding to behavioural clues? Is he helping guide souls to heaven? Oscar's warm and profound story is heartfelt, sometimes even funny, but always inspiring.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (29 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037472I4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,490 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail Oscar! 15 Feb 2010
By Chris
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 8 Mar 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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
3.0 out of 5 stars a little dissapointing 19 Jan 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but keep a box of tissues handy 23 Mar 2010
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Less about Oscar than... 13 Mar 2010
By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insight 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible book 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dementia, doctors, death - and the sentient cat 29 Mar 2011
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The account of the doctor in a nursing home who discovered that the cat, Oscar, was able to discern that a resident was about to die. Highlights issues around dementia and end-of-life, written in a non-medical way. It shows that there is more to doctoring than making diagnoses &c. Apart from lives ending in the home, there is also time for the doctor's family life, the other cats and new and old residents.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant - cats are so sensitive to feelings.
Published 2 days ago by Miss R. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful!
I recommend this book to all those who live cats, from the first page to the last. It is amazing to see what they can do.
Published 2 months ago by monica godo
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Brilliant story, had me captivated from the first page! Anyone who is a "cat person" will love this I'm sure!
Published 8 months ago by E. A. Langley
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD!
This is a very special cat who has a sixth sense, and helps people by making sure they are never alone when they pass away.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs H
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic, uplifting book.
This was recommended to me by a friend - I'll definitely be asking for her advice again.

The book sounds a rather unusual setting, initially, when I have suggested it is... Read more
Published 16 months ago by mimday
5.0 out of 5 stars Making the rounds with Oscar
An excellant read which also gave a lot of information into dementia and associated illness. O)scar is an amazing character cat.
Published 18 months ago by Tiggywinkle
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
I think that everyone who has a loved one diagnosed with dementia should read this book. The book feeds you information in a non judgemental way.
Published 19 months ago by Penduk
5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar the death cat
Amazing true story of Oscar the cat, I found the story interesting not only about the cat who could tell when a patient was dying but interesting when the families told of how they... Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2012 by Gina
5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar
A truely remarkable story. A story worth reading if you are careing for a loved one with any form of dementia as it gives insight not easily obtained else where. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2012 by threads
5.0 out of 5 stars Making the Rounds with Oscar, a very special cat.
This was a very memorable read. A bittersweet story of an ingenious cat who alerts family and close ones of a forthcoming demise in his own special way. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2010 by Louise Gordon
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