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Now we have a dog who
can tell nurses when someone is going to die. I wonder if he would have picked out Joe
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That's actually not so far-fetched. Dogs and other animals have acute senses that make it easier to pick up on a human's state of mind and body; when the body begins to die, surely there are signs that a dog could detect. (I refer you to the existence of seizure-alert dogs, talented animals who can detect a seizure coming on when their human owner can't.) In a hospice environment, where the patient isn't hooked up to monitors, a dog might well be able to give the first warning that someone is about to die.
August 23, 2007 at 06:54 PM
It's not a question of plausibility. It's a question of good evidence he's doing it.
"Is there good evidence that he's doing it?" is the question I want answered before we talk about mechanism. "How" questions can come later.
Bronze Dog |
August 23, 2007 at 07:12 PM
Let's hope the dogs presence doesn't promote the patient to give up on life, as a sort of unfortunate placebo!
August 23, 2007 at 09:58 PM
I gave up on Life once.
I decided I'd rather play Battleship.
Tom Foss |
August 23, 2007 at 11:58 PM
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