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In 1956 This Hospital Gave Children Therapy Animals

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In September 1956, LIFE photographer Francis Miller visited the children at the University Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to document the hospital's animal therapy program, which had already been in operation for over 30 years.

At the time, the hospital treated about 3,000 children every year, and the staff operated a "perpetual animal show" to help ease their pain and anxiety.

All photos by Francis Miller, September 1956. © Time Inc. Via the LIFE Photo Archive.

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