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Making Rounds with Oscar by David Dosa
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Feb 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: animal-story, non-fiction, death, alzheimer-s-disease, medicine
Read in January, 2010

I just finished Making Rounds last night. If you love cats, you need this book. If you've ever loved someone with dementia, you need this book. Dr. Dosa is a geriatrician working in a nursing home in Rhode Island. Most of his patients are dealing with late-stage Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia. Despite Oscar the cat being the "point" of the book, the bulk of the book is really just stories about dementia sufferers and the people that care for them. Oscar is the common thread. It was noted very early in Oscar's life that he had a sense of when a person was about to die. He began to hold vigils over each person on the third floor dementia unit during their final hours. He's still doing his job, bringing comfort to the dying and their friends and families, along side Dr. Dosa. It's a wonderful, heartwarming story.

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