About the Author
P. Elizabeth Anderson is an award-winning journalist and author, who segued into medical and technical writing after a long career in pharmaceutical clinical research. She was involved with the research of the first treatment for HIV/AIDS (AZT/Retrovir ®), approved by the Food and Drug Administration, as well as medications for the treatment of cancer (Imuran®), gout (Zyloprim®), systemic infections (Septra®), seizures (Lamictal®), and depression (Wellbutrin®).
She has written for private and federal agencies, including Duke University Medical Center, several institutes of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also wrote for the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, the Office of Women’s Health (part of the U.S. Public Health Service), and was managing editor of HeartMemo, a professional publication of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH.
Preferring to write directly for health consumers, P. Elizabeth became a health journalist, writing a monthly health column for a national women’s magazine,
MODE, and later serving as the Health and Fitness Writer for The Providence Journal in Providence, Rhode Island. While working for Projo, she won two awards from the American Heart Association (AHA). She was one of the first health journalists to write about women’s distinct heart attack symptoms, for which she won the first AHA award. The second award was for “Minutes Matter: Surviving a Brain Attack,” a feature about strokes.
P. Elizabeth is a lifelong animal lover and advocate, who was a consulting writer and editor for the Humane Society of the United States before authoring The Powerful Bond Between People and Pets: Our Boundless Connection to Companion Animals. She and her husband, Dr. Norman B. Anderson, a clinical psychologist and CEO of the American Psychological Association, co-authored Emotional Longevity: What Really Determines How Long We Live (Viking, 2003).