Creature Comfort: Animals That Heal [NOOK Book]

Overview

This inspiring, humorous, and touching book celebrates the beneficial effects that animals have on humans and describes how their therapeutic potential is being increasingly acknowledged by the medical community. Animal Assisted Therapy, an important new development in health care, has already shown that people are statistically less likely to suffer an early heart attack if they have a pet, and that stroking an animal reduces a person's stress level.

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Creature Comfort: Animals That Heal

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Overview

This inspiring, humorous, and touching book celebrates the beneficial effects that animals have on humans and describes how their therapeutic potential is being increasingly acknowledged by the medical community. Animal Assisted Therapy, an important new development in health care, has already shown that people are statistically less likely to suffer an early heart attack if they have a pet, and that stroking an animal reduces a person's stress level.

This is only the tip of the iceberg, says Bernie Graham in Creature Comfort: Animals That Heal. Animal Assisted Therapy is now achieving amazing results in treating children with physical and mental disabilities by using trained dolphins in aquatic therapy. There are also programs that teach dogs to help the disabled with their daily chores. Horses, cats, dogs, and even more exotic animals are being used to offer support and bring hope to individuals, thereby enhancing human efforts.

Written with warmth and compassion, Creature Comfort looks at all aspects of Animal Assisted Therapy, including the theories behind it, to provide both a practical guide and a moving account of the many rewarding human-animal interactions.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YA-Not just another amazing animal book, this is a timely and valuable introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), a scientific and medical discipline still in its infancy-and one that should be particularly appealing to many teens as a possible career direction. Graham tells plenty of fascinating stories (illustrated with black-and-white photos) as he relates his own experiences and those of others working with diverse creatures such as dolphins, cats, dogs, donkeys, monkeys, ferrets, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish, and horses. Those benefiting from AAT include mentally or physically disabled children and adults in private programs or in institutional settings such as hospitals, clinics, and prisons, in the U.S., Great Britain, and Europe. The author gives an overview of the wide range of AAT projects that have evolved in recent years, mostly through volunteer efforts and in the face of traditional obstacles to the presence of animals in institutional and medical settings. Though the writing style is somewhat academic, occasionally inelegant, and riddled with Briticisms, the book is nevertheless friendly and readable, and succeeds very well in communicating the author's great enthusiasm for his subject. He concludes with a useful listing of organizations for readers to contact if they feel motivated to pursue further study or volunteer work.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Celebrates the beneficial effects that animals have on humans and describes how their therapeutic potential is being increasingly acknowledged by the medical community. Demonstrates achievements of Assisted Animal Therapy in reducing stress, preventing heart attacks, and treating children with physical and mental disabilities, and looks at programs that train dogs to help disabled people with daily chores. The writing, by a British "environmental psychologist," is filled with anecdotes and the author's personal point of view. The book was originally published in Great Britain in 1999 by Simon & Schuster UK. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615923267
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Bernie Graham, an environmental psychologist, is a member of the British Psychological Society, the International Society for Anthrozoology, and the Society for Companion Animal Studies.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Preface xi
Preface to the American Edition xv
How To Use This Book xix
Part I Some First Thoughts 1
1 The Current State of Play 3
2 A Personal View 15
3 Theories, Thoughts and Feelings 39
Part II Pets in Practice 69
4 Doctor Dolphin 71
5 My Best Friends - Dogs 111
6 Horses that Heal 167
7 In the Care of Cats 199
8 The Unsung Heroes 221
9 The 'A' Team 241
Part III What Next? 257
10 Future Directions 259
11 Some Practical Guidelines 273
12 Contact Addresses 283
Bibliography 292
Index 303
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