The therapeutic value of pets

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Abstract

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.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages103-105
Number of pages3
JournalWestern Journal of Medicine
Volume144
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986

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Pets
Disabled Persons
Psychotherapy
Survival Rate
Myocardial Infarction
Depression
Blood Pressure
Pain
Health
Wounds and Injuries
Therapeutics

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The therapeutic value of pets. / Fitzgerald, Faith T.

In: Western Journal of Medicine, Vol. 144, No. 1, 1986, p. 103-105.

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