Thursday, July 26, 2007

The cat who can predict patient deaths

The story of the day has been the tale of Oscar. As the BBC tells it:

A US cat that is reportedly able to sense when a nursing home's residents are about to die is baffling doctors.

Oscar has a habit of curling up next to patients at the home in Providence, Rhode Island, in their final hours.

According to the author of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the two-year-old cat has been observed to be correct in 25 cases so far.

Staff now alert the families of residents when he sits down next to their ailing loved one.

This news item comes from a paper by Dr David Dosa: "A Day in the Life of Oscar the Cat". It is a lot more interesting than most academic journal papers.

The story has also been used to more or less satirical effect in the Lib Dem blogosphere by Ed Maxfield and Norfolk Blogger.


Andre said...

Interesting story... although it's kind of creepy! I wouldn't want that cat next to me...

Beaman said...

That's a cat you don't want staring at you with tired eyes.