For ages, humans have explored the potential healing benefit of animal companions for people who are ill or who have disabilities. The use of animals to assist their ailing human counterparts dates to the early Greeks who gave horseback rides to raise the spirits of people who were incurably ill, and documentation from the seventeenth century makes medical reference to horseback riding as treatment for gout, neurological disorders, and low morale (6). Even the famous nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale testified to the benefits of pet animals for the sick.
|Series||Animal Welfare Information Center Newsletter|
|Publisher||The Animal Welfare Information Center, USDA|
|Department||U.S. Department of Agriculture|
|Location of Publication||Beltsville, Maryland|
|Notes||This government document was found at the U.S Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library: http://www.nal.usda.gov/|
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