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New York TimesWith doctors increasingly pressed for time, how can they offer both the clinical expertise and the compassionate care that all patients deserve? In her new book, "Only 10 Seconds to Care: Help and Hope for Busy Clinicians" (ACP Press), Dr. Wendy Schlessel Harpham combines her experience as an internist and her nearly 18 years of experience as a cancer patient to show how simple actions and well-chosen words on the part of medical professionals can make an enormous difference in a patient's emotional and physical well-being. Many studies have shown that when doctors provide compassionate care, that increases the likelihood that patients will follow medical advice and practice self-care, which in turn reduces complications and their need for repeated treatments and costly hospitalizations.
—Jane E. Brody