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Creature comfort : animals that heal
Graham, Bernie, 1959-
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Publication Information:
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
xvii, 313 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"First published in Great Britain by Simon & Schuster UK Ltd., 1999"--T.p. verso.
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RM931.A65 G73 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Author Notes

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

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School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Preface to the American Editionp. xv
How To Use This Bookp. xix
Part I Some First Thoughtsp. 1
1 The Current State of Playp. 3
2 A Personal Viewp. 15
3 Theories, Thoughts and Feelingsp. 39
Part II Pets in Practicep. 69
4 Doctor Dolphinp. 71
5 My Best Friends - Dogsp. 111
6 Horses that Healp. 167
7 In the Care of Catsp. 199
8 The Unsung Heroesp. 221
9 The 'A' Teamp. 241
Part III What Next?p. 257
10 Future Directionsp. 259
11 Some Practical Guidelinesp. 273
12 Contact Addressesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 292
Indexp. 303