Making Rounds with Oscar
By: David Dosa, M.D.
Hyperion (Harper Collins)
114 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
978114010323233, $ 23.99, 2010, 226
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.