The therapeutic value of pets

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While domestic pets are capable of transmitting disease and inflicting injury, they may also be of benefit to human health. Studies suggest that companion animals, in addition to their well-known role as helpers to the handicapped, may alleviate depression, solace the lonely, facilitate psychotherapy, socialize criminals, lower blood pressure, increase survivorship from myocardial infarction and ease the social pain of aging in our society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-105
Number of pages3
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986

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