Dogs in Health Care

Pioneering Animal-Human Partnerships


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Imprint or Series:Dogs in Our World

About the Book

Dogs have a storied history in health care, and the human-animal relationship has been used in the field for decades. Certain dogs have improved and advanced the field of health care in myriad ways. This book presents the stories of these pioneer dogs, from the mercy dogs of World War I, to the medicine-toting sled dogs Togo and Balto, to today’s therapy dogs. More than the dogs themselves, this book is about the human-animal relationship, and moments in history where that relationship propelled health care forward.

About the Author(s)

Jill Lenk Schilp is a humane educator, certified professional in health care quality, master’s-level registered nurse and volunteer therapy animal instructor. Her work has appeared in books, journals, magazines and blogs. A member of the Dog Writers Association of America, she lives in Richardson, Texas.

Brian Patrick Duggan is the author of Saluki: The Desert Hound and the English Travelers Who Brought It to the West, and numerous articles on canine history which have been published in AKC Family Dog, AKC Gazette, Greasy Grass: The Journal of the Custer Battlefield Historical & Museum Association and Research Review: The Journal of the Little Big Horn Associates, among others. He is a retired university technology educator, an active American Kennel Club judge, and the editor for McFarland’s Dogs in Our World series.

Bibliographic Details

Jill Lenk Schilp

Series Editor Brian Patrick Duggan

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 221
Bibliographic Info: 9 photos, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7394-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3696-2
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Dogs in Our World

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface 1
Introduction 7
1. The Mercy Dogs of World War I 13
2. Jofi and Sigmund Freud 25
3. Cap and Florence Nightingale 38
4. Togo and Balto: Public Health Heroes 55
5. Buddy: The Guide Dog Who Pioneered a New Frontier 75
6. Jingles and Boris Levinson: Cotherapists 95
7. Boe and Budge: The First Combat and Operational Stress Control Dogs 107
8. A New Generation of Therapy Dogs 118
9. Pioneers, Poetry, and Possibilities 147
Epilogue 160
Glossary 167
Chapter Notes 171
Bibliography 185
Index 207

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