THE HYPOCHONDRIAC’S HANDBOOK is a treasure trove of wild, daft, strange, scary – and hitherto obscure – medical research. This is a snappy and amusing guide to over 250 fascinating conditions from the dark corners of medical journalism, compiled by THE TIMES' Health Features Writer.
Being tall can mean an early death. But then being short can also kill. As can stormy Mondays and the crease in your ear. Steering clear of sunburn could cause a lethal disease, whereas a full moon boosts your risk of being beaten or bitten. Then there are the perils of sexual sleepwalking, golfer's liver, fracture of the penis and Chinese restaurant syndrome. And, yes, hypochondria can apparently prove lethal – people who worry about their health turn out to have four times the normal fatality rate.
The Hypochondriac's Handbook comes from the drawers-full of intriguingly odd reports which Times journalist John Naish has gathered from the dark corners of respected research journals and hospital libraries over the last decade. It should appeal to all of the neurotic inhabitants of 21st-century world, who just don’t have enough to worry about.
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‘Amazing.’ – The Sun
‘Hilarious.’ – Richard & Judy
‘The Hypochondriac's Handbook by John Naish comes as a pungent antidote to stockingfiller fatigue syndrome. Naish has collected entertaining reports on hundreds of bizarre conditions over the years, including "telephone stroke" and "hairdresser's nipple". With a disease for every occasion, and an illness for every symptom, this is just the thing for the overtaxed neurotic in your life.’
- The Times
‘Read it and laugh.’ – Sunday TelegraphAbout the Author:
John Naish has been a respected health journalist for much of the past 15 years, having spent the last nine at The Times where he is Health Features Writer. He lives in Brighton.
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Book Description Thorsons, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0007195680
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110007195680