The Hypochondriac's Pocket Guide to Horrible Diseases You Probably Already Have [NOOK Book]

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Profiling fifty of the most disgusting, painful, life-threatening and otherwise icky diseases, this remarkable book is the perfect treat for the closet temperature-taker, speed-dialing doctor stalker, or tissue-wielding virus-phobe in all of us. Each disease is fully documented, including a checklist of symptoms, an overview, treatment, prognosis, and-for the rare cases in which the reader is not yet infected-notes on prevention. With fascinating, sickeningly accurate text written by a member of the editorial ...
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The Hypochondriac's Pocket Guide to Horrible Diseases You Probably Already Have

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Overview

Profiling fifty of the most disgusting, painful, life-threatening and otherwise icky diseases, this remarkable book is the perfect treat for the closet temperature-taker, speed-dialing doctor stalker, or tissue-wielding virus-phobe in all of us. Each disease is fully documented, including a checklist of symptoms, an overview, treatment, prognosis, and-for the rare cases in which the reader is not yet infected-notes on prevention. With fascinating, sickeningly accurate text written by a member of the editorial staff in the Infectious Disease Department of Elsevier, The Hypochondriac's Pocket Guide to Horrible Diseases You Probably Already Have is capable of startling even the most health-confident into fanatical hand washing.
Dennis DiClaudio is on the editorial staff of a renowned medical publisher, and a humor writer. His short pieces have been published in a number of journals, including Timothy McSweeney's Internet Tendency. He has also produced three of his plays for the New York International Fringe Festival and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. He lives in Philadelphia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596917699
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 732,748
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Dennis DiClaudio is a humor and fiction writer and an improvisational and sketch comedian. He has had several plays produced, is an online writer for Comedy Central, and spent years in the editorial department of Elsevier, one of the world's largest medical publishing companies. He is the author of The Hypochondriac's Pocket Guide and The Paranoid's Pocket Guide. He lives in Philadelphia.
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Table of Contents

Autoimmune
Bacterial
Genetic & neurological
Idiopathic
Parasitic
Toxic & fungal
Viral & prionic
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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Wardrip, aka "The Genius" for TeensReadToo.com

    First off, this is not a book for the faint of heart. It is, however, the perfect read for those with an off-the-wall sense of humor. <BR/><BR/>Mr. DiClaudio has compiled a list of forty-five of the most outlandish, obscure, and downright nasty diseases that you're likely to ever run across. Hopefully, on second thought, you'll never run across any of them, but in case you do, if you've read this book you'll at least be prepared for the horrid and totally disgusting ways with which you will suffer. <BR/><BR/>The diseases are broken up into categories, including Autoimmune, Bacterial, Genetic & Neurological, Idiopathic, Parasitic, Toxic & Fungal, and Viral & Prionic. <BR/><BR/>Although I found myself laughing hysterically at some of Mr. DiClaudio's observations, I sincerely hope to never find myself on the receiving end of these diseases. And, truth be told, I can't decide if I'd rather have worms living on my eyeball, having my flesh begin to decay while I'm still alive, or suffering from fatal familial insomnia (in which case, I'll never sleep again, and will probably spend my final waking hours wishing I had a disease as simple as worms living on my eyeball or having my flesh decay while I'm still alive). <BR/><BR/>Overall, a great way to spend a couple of hours. However, if you suspect you suffer from any of these forty-five diseases, you might want to actually see a doctor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2007

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    First off, this is not a book for the faint of heart. It is, however, the perfect read for those with an off-the-wall sense of humor. Mr. DiClaudio has compiled a list of forty-five of the most outlandish, obscure, and downright nasty diseases that you're likely to ever run across. Hopefully, on second thought, you'll never run across any of them, but in case you do, if you've read this book you'll at least be prepared for the horrid and totally disgusting ways with which you will suffer. The diseases are broken up into categories, including Autoimmune, Bacterial, Genetic & Neurological, Idiopathic, Parasitic, Toxic & Fungal, and Viral & Prionic. Although I found myself laughing hysterically at some of Mr. DiClaudio's observations, I sincerely hope to never find myself on the receiving end of these diseases. And, truth be told, I can't decide if I'd rather have worms living on my eyeball, having my flesh begin to decay while I'm still alive, or suffering from fatal familial insomnia (in which case, I'll never sleep again, and will probably spend my final waking hours wishing I had a disease as simple as worms living on my eyeball or having my flesh decay while I'm still alive). Overall, a great way to spend a couple of hours. However, if you suspect you suffer from any of these forty-five diseases, you might want to actually see a doctor. Due to the graphic nature of many of these diseases, this book is only recommended for older, mature readers -- with steel stomachs. **Reviewed by: Jennifer Wardrip, aka 'The Genius'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2005

    Side splitting, but not in the bad flesh-eating way

    Very entertaining look at alot of stuff that scares the hell out of me. Accessible and easy to read with short chapters, but very smart humor at the same time. The author has a way with dark humor, but it's a good thing he does, because before having read this, I would have doubted anyone could find something funny in chronic insomnia resulting in your brain disintegrating. But he does!

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  • Posted March 22, 2010

    Super book for the hypo!

    I'm definitely a hypochondriac, and I appreciated this book's concise yet informative overview of all those other disease I have and yet haven't discovered yet. I would recommend this as a book for anyone who wants a pocket guide to icky disease!

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