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ISBN-13: 978-1934465394 ISBN-10: 1934465399 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: American College of Physicians; 1 edition (April 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934465399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934465394
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Wendy Harpham is uniquely qualified to give an insider’s view of healthcare that can help survivors be more effective patients and improve how clinicians deliver medical care. We support Dr. Harpham’s efforts to advocate for cancer survivors so they can live life on their own terms. By sharing these stories of survivorship, Dr. Harpham is empowering people with information that can benefit them personally and offering valuable lessons for ways we can effect change in our healthcare system. -- Doug Ulman, President/CEO, Lance Armstrong Foundation

Wendy Harpham’s new book is aimed at clinicians but is extraordinarily useful—not to mention compelling—for patients like me. She has x-ray vision that gets to the core of the doctor-patient relationship. This is a wise and insightful and deftly written book. -- Jonathan Alter, Sr. Editor Newsweek; cancer survivor

Dr. Wendy Harpham’s unique and valuable insights will immeasurably enrich the lives of both patients and clinicians. This gem of a book will bring new meaning, fulfillment, and compassion to these profound relationships. All of us, no matter how busy, should find the time for this important book. -- JoAnn E. Manson, MD, Dr. PH, Chief of Preventive Medicine Harvard Medical School

[Dr. Harpham's] message is timely, not just for her physician colleagues, but all healthcare professionals, in any specialty. The simplicity of her suggestions on what to say or do is practical and easily integrated into daily encounters.... As the title suggests, caring is possible in brief moments -- and this book can be read in brief moments -- reminding us of the importance of the clinician-patient bond. -- Brenda Nevidjon, MSN, RN, FAAN, President, Oncology Nursing Society; Clinical Professor, Duke University School of Nursing

This book, with its easy reading style written from the perspective of a physician forced to don the gown of a patient, is full of rich insights and practical pearls to help professional caregivers support and guide patients through the illness experience. -- Walter F. Baile, MD, Professor of Behavioral Science; Director, Program for Interpersonal Communication and Relationship Enhancement (I*CARE) The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

About the Author

Wendy S. Harpham, MD, FACP, is a doctor of internal medicine, survivor of chronic indolent lymphoma, wife, and mother of three. Her writing has been honored with numerous local and national awards, including the 2000 Governors award, for which she was inducted into the Texas Womens Hall of Fame. In addition to her writing, Dr. Harpham has become a nationally recognized speaker for professional and lay audiences. Dr. Harpham devotes her energy to helping survivors directly through her writing and speaking and indirectly through her activities as a patient advocate. Limited stamina prevents her from returning to clinical medicine at this time.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne M. Hannah on June 30, 2009
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I consider myself a savvy consumer of healthcare, yet I learned so much from this book on doctor-patient relationships. I wasn't sure what to expect when someone recommended it to me, since the subtitle says "Help and Hope for Busy Clinicians." I hoped for insight into my doctors and nurses. The last thing I expected when I picked up this book was to be entertained or to learn about myself.

Dr. Harpham's stories pulled me right in, some paragraphs making me laugh and others leaving me with a lump in my throat. I couldn't put down this book until I was done. She talked about common, everyday situations. Anyone who has ever been a patient can relate to most, if not all, the scenarios, and learn something useful from Harpham's insights and advice. I especially found meaning in her story about "Patient Patients" in which she told about how hard it is to wait for the results of a biopsy or other test when a patient fears the results will show relapse or diagnosis of cancer (or other). It reminded me of a similar experience I once had and gave me greater insight into coping and communication skills.

By the time I read the epilogue, this book completely changed how I view healthcare professionals. I now know many ways to get better medical care. Unexpectedly, and perhaps most importantly, I learned a lot about me as a patient that will help me become a more effective patient from now on.

I am giving this book to my primary care physician - not because I think he needs it, but with hope that he will share it with the younger physicians in his internal medicine practice. I am giving copies to my family and friends, too. I can't think of a better gift than one that helps them get good care.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rozzie on May 17, 2009
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Wendy Harpham is a cancer survivor (of multiple recurrences) and an MD. Her insights to physicians and patients alike are helpful to both and offer hope when there seems to be none. She writes well and as in her previous books, including Diagnosis: Cancer, helps those with cancer and other serious illnesses establish better communication with their care providers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gift Book Giver on April 9, 2009
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Dr. Harpham uses such entertaining stories to demonstrate how a single word or simple action can make such a profound difference in caring for patients. Straightforward, easy-to-read and full of practical insights, this book should be required reading at medical and nursing schools. And for patients and their caregivers, it offers a thoughtful look into the challenges facing today's healthcare professionals. I plan to "gift" Only 10 Seconds to Care to doctors and loved ones alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joni L. Rodgers on April 8, 2009
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With gentle humor and tough love, Dr. Wendy Harpham takes doctors and patients by the hand and teaches us how to build a potentially life-saving bridge between the human being in the white coat and the human being in the paper smock. I'll be recommending this book to every survivor I know and handing a copy to my oncologist at our next visit.
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