I Told You I Was Ill: Adventures in Hypochondria

I Told You I Was Ill: Adventures in Hypochondria

by John O'Connell


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Do you worry that spots are cancerous? That headaches are caused by tapeworm larvae burrowing into your brain (cysticercosis, it's called)? That shoulder twinges are cardiovascular accidents waiting to happen? If so, you're almost certainly a hypochondriac. But don't worry about it, and whatever you do, don't let anyone make you feel guilty or ashamed. As this hilarious book shows, hypochondria is the only sane response to modern life—an illness in itself, and part of a noble tradition of neurosis stretching back thousands of years. From Darwin to Tolstoy, many of history's greatest writers and thinkers have been incorrigible hypochondriacs. They understood what too many of us have forgotten—you can only get better by imagining the worst.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781904977445
Publisher: Short Books, Limited
Publication date: 09/28/2007
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

John O'Connell was born in 1972. His writing has appeared in Time Out, The Times, New Statesman, and The Face. He lives in south London with his wife and daughter.

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