Batya Swift Yasgur, MA, LSW, Author at MPR
Batya Swift Yasgur, MA, LSW

Batya Swift Yasgur, MA, LSW

Contributing Writer
Batya Swift Yasgur MA, LSW, is a freelance medical writer who writes news, features, CME materials, and books for a variety of venues and target audiences, including healthcare professionals and consumers. She has a passion for human rights activism and is the author of Behind the Burqa (John Wiley, 2002), a memoir of two Afghan sisters who escaped Afghanistan. In addition, she holds the 1995 Robert L. Fish Award for Best First Published Mystery Story. Her fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and several other publications. Beyond her desire to contribute to people's health and wellbeing through her writing, Batya offers emotional/spiritual support to clients in her Teaneck, New Jersey-based counseling practice to facilitate their journeys toward healing.

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Dress for Success: Physician Attire May Influence Patients’ Perception of Care

“A good first impression can work wonders,” author JK Rowling writes in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.1 Conversely, a negative first impression can have long-lasting adverse repercussions.2  “First impressions” are based not only on the verbal content of the interaction, but also on appearance and demeanor and other nonverbal components.3 This is…