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2010-02-03 14:34:28

When Dr. David Dosa, a geriatrician and assistant professor at Brown University, published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 describing a cat named Oscar who could sense when someone was dying, many grew fearful of the what they saw as a four legged grim reaper.    Although Dr. Dosa never intended to make the cat sound frightening, records have shown that since the paper's publishing, Oscar has rarely erred in his predictions -- sometimes even proving...

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2007-07-25 19:40:00

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live. "He doesn't make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die," said Dr. David Dosa in an interview. He describes the phenomenon...


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