The Hypochondriac's Guide to Life. And Death.

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When every hiccup sounds like the call of doom, each stomach pang hints at incipient cancer and a headache means its time to firm up your last will and testament, THE HYPOCHONDRIAC'S GUIDE provides just the relief you need. Gene Weingarten has spent his whole life immersed in the eclectic details of bizarre symptoms, self-diagnosing every minor ache as a potentially deadly disease. Weingarten examines:
- The mind of the hypochondriac
- How your doctor can kill you
- Ulcers and other visceral fears
- The snap, crackle and pops of your body that spell disaster
- Things that can take an eye out
- Interpreting DocSpeak
THE HYPOCHONDRIAC'S GUIDE is 'flat out the funniest book on hypochondria ever written' New York Daily News.
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  • Simon & Schuster | 
  • 208 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780684856483 | 
  • June 2001
List Price £7.99

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Chapter One: Are You a Hypochondriac?

We must begin by abandoning antiquated, stigmatizing notions about the hypochondriac, a person who imagines himself afflicted by disease. Like alcoholism, hypochondria is not the hypochondriac's "fault," or a moral weakness, but a disease.

Hmm.

To hypochondriacs, I offer reassurance: We are no longer living in an era when every little symptom signaled the onset of some dreadful condition with a goofy name, like "consumption" or "whooping cough" or "St. Vitus's dance," disorders that meant you would spend the remainder of your tragically truncated life drooling out your viscera into slop... see more

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