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Creature Comfort: Animals That Heal

by Bernie Graham (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From 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.

Books Magazine (UK)
"There is something spookily 'Far Side' about the images of human-animal
relations conjured up in Creature Comfort. This funny and touching investigation
of animal therapy steers well clear of sensationalism, and there is not a tinge
of the kind of New Age guff you might expect from an author who makes a habit of
swimming with dolphins. Yet at the same time this realistic, personal book is
quite extraordinary, a study of how dolphins, horses, rabbits, dogs, cats and
even goldfish can have a healing effect on the vulnerable, handicapped or
mentally ill which has yet to be explained by conventional medicine."

Product Details

Paperback: 313 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1 edition (March 2000)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1573927856



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