The Hypochondriac's Handbook: Syndromes, Diseases, and Ailments that Probably Should Have Killed You By Now

Overview

Sure, everyone gets sick sometimes, but do you realize that plenty of those folks also die slow, unpleasant deaths from diseases that stumped even the experts at top-notch (still privately run) hospitals? That’s right: There are plenty of illnesses that even physicians have never heard about. Nodding Disease, Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, and Cutaneous Horn (yes, you grow a horn) are all featured here in pithy, energetic entries. You won’t have to worry about socialized medicine if you have this book—even if your...

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Overview

Sure, everyone gets sick sometimes, but do you realize that plenty of those folks also die slow, unpleasant deaths from diseases that stumped even the experts at top-notch (still privately run) hospitals? That’s right: There are plenty of illnesses that even physicians have never heard about. Nodding Disease, Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, and Cutaneous Horn (yes, you grow a horn) are all featured here in pithy, energetic entries. You won’t have to worry about socialized medicine if you have this book—even if your doc could see you within a month, you might die due to his ignorance. Lucky for you and your loved ones, Ian Landau (who has no medical training but is a hell of a researcher) includes:

  • Descriptions of each disease
  • Background and history
  • How to diagnose yourself and others
  • Suggested treatments
  • Prevention methods
The book is not for the faint of heart, as it probably could cause cardiac arrest. (And you ain’t coming back from that without Ian’s help.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602399709
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/12/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Landau is a freelance writer, most recently working as the editorial director for the Parade magazine Web site. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Alice in Wonderland Syndrome 3

2 Alien Hand Syndrome 9

3 Antibiotic Resistant Infections 15

4 Carrot Addiction 23

5 Cat Scratch Fever 29

6 Congenital Insensitivity to Pain with Anhidrosis (CIPA) 35

7 Cotard's Syndrome 41

8 Cutaneous Horn 49

9 Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome (CVS) 57

10 Developmental Topographical Disorientation 63

11 Dissociative Fugue 71

12 Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease) 79

13 Electric Human Syndrome 85

14 Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP; Stone Man Syndrome) 91

15 Foreign Accent Syndrome 99

16 Human Botfly Myiasis 107

17 Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome 113

18 Hypertrichosis (Human Werewolf Syndrome) 119

19 Locked-In Syndrome 127

20 Mass Psychogenic Illness 133

21 Moebius Syndrome 141

22 Morgellons Disease 147

23 Mud Wrestler's Rash 153

24 Necrotizing Fasciitis (Flesh-Eating Bacteria) 159

25 Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome/Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PSAS/PGAD) 167

26 Pica 173

27 Plague 179

28 Priapism 187

29 Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome (CCHS), Ondine's Curse 195

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