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The end is nigh

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 26 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:175
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Oscar the cat has an “uncanny ability” to predict impending death among residents of a dementia ward at the Steere House nursing home in Providence, Rhode Island—even people not known to be terminally ill.

    “He's not the friendliest cat. He keeps to himself, although he can be bribed with food,” said geriatrician David Dosa, of Brown University, who has published his findings about Oscar …

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