Book Review: Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat

Making Rounds with Oscar

By: David Dosa, M.D.

Hyperion (Harper Collins)

114 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10011

978114010323233, $ 23.99, 2010, 226

Product Details

Embracing Moments of Life in Readiness
to Let Go

“Making Rounds with Oscar” takes pet
therapy to a new level. Oscar’s gift is uniquely exercised just when needed
most. He unexplainably appears at the bedside of patients at a time when
patients and families need empathy, comfort, and distraction the most.

In my own search for answers I found new
insights from the stories related by David Dosa, M. D. in his book “Making
Rounds with Oscar.” I received comfort from the concept of making the most of
“little victories” like “the hint of a knowing smile.”  I was reminded of the respect shown in the
“simplest of gestures.” I took note of the desperate frustration of patients
with “sharp minds and damaged hands.”

I appreciated Dosa’s candid approach to
in acknowledging the difficulty facing victims of Dementia and their families.
He conveys a message of realism with empathy and understanding. His writing is
carefully crafted, with a comfortable flow for the reader to assimilate new
light on the disease and to gain a better grasp on what to expect in the

The stories are sometimes composites and
sometimes specific but always heartwarming. “Making Round with Oscar” was
recommended to me by a fellow caregiver as “a good read.” I want to pass along
his recommendation to potential readers by adding my “five star review” to
those already posted.

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