I chose this book, Making Rounds with Oscar; the Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat, because of the title and the cat photograph on the cover. I am glad that I read the book as I was educated about the serious business of caring for aged patients afflicted with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
This true story takes place at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island and is told by Dr. David Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Dosa hears a rumor about a cat named Oscar who lives at Steere House and who happens to visit and remain with dying patients. The rumor turns out to be true and Dr. Dosa begins a quest to understand the link between animals and humans. How does Oscar know when a patient is dying? Dr. Dosa interviews families who had witnessed Oscar’s vigil during the painful death of a loved one. Although sorrowful memories were discussed, every single family member was grateful to Oscar for his steadfast, dutiful presence.
Dr. Dosa does an excellent job of relaying the personalities of the staff members and the Steere house patients and their personal histories. Everyone has a story and Dr. Dosa listens. Dr. Dosa is a caring, sometimes underappreciated physician whose work revolves around a subject most of us shun.
Making Rounds with Oscar; the Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat