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.