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Duals and biographies about them along with past and current medical literature on hypochondria and the ffect of the mind on illness to Aliens Among Us elucidate the disease process in the person and how their illnesses were perceived by themselves and those close to them The nine people were chosen by the author because they ha This book is a brief biography of 9 artists most of them writers and how they survived and coped with their supposed hypochondria It is not a book about hypochondria but of the lives of the 9 artists chosen by the author to illustrate the degree of their hypochondria asvident in their memoirs letters diaries True Paradise essays novels autobiographies and others writings testimonies about them The author s purpose in writing the book was to illustrate the history of hypochondria though after reading the book I wouldxpand that to mean the EVOLUTION of hypochondria The author then attempts to write the biography of a body where biography is to be understood in its tymological sense that is a literal writing of "life itself bios in the original Greek Because it is a "itself bios in the original Greek Because it is a and not a medical journal or book The Artists Real Illnesses As artists real illnesses as in our century might actually be far removed from hypochondria This becomes obvious to anyone reading the chapter on James Boswell they would immediately realize that today his so called hypochondriac symptoms would be classified as depression Charles Darwin had migraines with IBS and probable amoebiasis Charlotte Bronte the misunderstood hypochondriac is actually a classic introvert based on the author s descriptions of her life Florence Nightingale has PTSD which the author also mentions with possible manic depressive disorder and polymyalgia rheumatica Alice James had what we would call now a nervous breakdown that never got cured with classic racing thoughts as the hallmark of her disease Daniel Schreber aware of his mental illness probably had schizoaffective disorder due to inner conflict with his homosexuality Marcel Proust is the asthmatic who became agoraphobic as a result of it because there was no preventive medication for asthma during his time Glenn Gould the Monk like OCD pianist with multiple phobias but who under today s medical definition of hypochondria is probably the only true hypochondriac in the whole book Andy Warhol whose illnesses are real and not imagined the most serious being chorea and whose only claim to hypochondria is his fear of contracting AIDS which was the fear of almost veryone in the arts and gay. Awled the Internet in solitude seeking to pinpoint the source of his or her fantastical symptoms The Hypochondriacs is a book about fear and hope illness and imagination despair and creativity It Croatie : Cte Adriatique, Dalmatie explores in the stories of nine individuals the relationship between mind and body as it is mediated by thexperience or simply the terror of being ill And in an intimate investigation of those lives it shows how the mind can make a prison of the body by distorti. As a devoted hypochondriac myself I came into this book hoping to find a bit of me in far impressive people In some cases I d say the author delivered on that promise In others though I feel like he conflated hypochondria with genuine sickness or mental illness to the point that the ailment lost any distinctive meaning It never veers so far off track that his stories seem totally shoehorned in but there were plenty of times where I was thinking Can you really be considered a hypochondriac if you re actually this sick Regardless I still had a lot of Interesting very interesting I thought EVERY STORY WOULD READ LIKE A TEXTBOOK I WAS story would read like a textbook I was to discover the author managed to make it story like Not too bad interesting profiles Unfortunately the people were really sick characters if not always physically sick This is a very insightful account of 9 hypochondriac lives Charles Darwin Florence Nightingale and Andy Warhol featuring among them I found Andy Warhol s story particularly sad as was the afterword on Michael Jackson although the author manages to write about these people in an incredibly respectful way The author s ignorance of medicine and psychiatry makes his heavy handed attempts to force his subjects into the diagnosis hypochondriac annoying and unconvincing and turns into a show case for his clectic "study of the use of the term through history without teaching us anything about the ffect "of the use of the term through history without teaching us anything about the ffect imaginary illness or the people he victimizesMany of his hypochondriacs like Boswell are going through normal periods of depression Others are psychotic or like Glen Gould sound autistic uite a few of them died young of their maladies in a day when diagnosis was crude nough that it is very likely their feelings of having something seriously wrong were true Charlotte Bronte for Από τη Μήδεια στη Σταχτοπούτα, Η ιστορία του φαλλού exampleThere s too much junk psychology including a lot of outmoded simplistic Freudian thinking My impression is that the author was notuipped to write the book he sold probably on a proposal but wrote it anywayThe subject a fascinating one still awaits a study by someone better able to write it Tormented Hope which was on the shortlist for the 2009 Wellcome Trust Book Prize is a history of hypochondria as told through the lives of nine noted people who were diagnosed with the disorder in their lifetimes James Boswell Charlotte Bront Charles Darwin Florence Nightingale Alice James Daniel Paul Schreber their lifetimes James Boswell Charlotte Bront Charles Darwin Florence Nightingale Alice James Daniel Paul Schreber Proust Glenn Gould and Andy Warhol The author uses written personal accounts of these indivi. Charlotte Brontë found in her illnesses real and imagined an scape from familial and social duties and the perfect conditions for writing The German jurist Daniel Paul Schreber believed his body was being colonized and transformed at the hands of God and doctors alike Andy Warhol was terrified by disease and by the idea of disease Glenn Gould claimed a friendly pat on his shoulder had destroyed his ability to play piano And we all know someone who has tr. ,

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Community during the arly 80s So if you re looking to read this book to find out about hyponchondria you will be disappointed because it is a biography of 9 people s illnesses real or imagined and not hypochondria per se Currently reading have finished half of the chapters One British critic described it as a book one reads slowly to fully consider Dillon s writing and to postpone finishing the book There is no higher compliment I fully agree Each sentence is crafted masterfully and depicts the affect Of Hypochondria On The hypochondria on the and creativity of the subjects I ve been fascinated With Medical History For Than medical history for than years and this book is What Red Was engaging beyond beliefspecially if the reader is particularly interested in one of the hypochondriacs Charlotte Bronte Andy Warhol Florence Nightingale Glenn Gould Sweep of the Blade (Innkeeper Chronicles, etc I am surprised that this book has such a relatively low rating Each study is deftly written and I found the chapters on Florence Nightingale Alice James and Glenn Gould particularlylegant I respectfully suggest that any reader who wonders why some of these individuals were included in this book would do well to read it again and reflect on the changing conceptions of hypochondria I generally don t write many reviews but several of the low scores for this book spurred my to put something together Brian Dillon s study of disease and hypochondria through the characters of nine literary figures presents an interesting and illuminating read with one major caveat that has led to it receiving such low scoring reviews This is not a scientific or medical studyIf you are Infernal Dictionary Deluxe Edition expecting someone who is going to give a detailed account and diagnoses based upon modern standards and theory you will not find that in this book This confusion has understandably annoyed many of the book s reviewers Rather this book is aimed much to someone with a background or interest in history and literature as really that is Dillon s main concern in the book not with understanding disease as a medical phenomena but with understanding disease as a cultural and literary concern What is important to Dillon s study is the way in which these writers structure their lives through the depression and diseases both imaginary and real which define theirxistences In "exploring this concern Dillon presents a witty and interesting read I believe "this concern Dillon presents a witty and interesting read I believe be of interest to anyone seeking to Bent Over Screaming (Slave to the Desk Book 1) explore our relationship to disease and the body and who is willing to piece through his at times slightly tooclectic style of writin. Ng our sense of ourselves as physical beings Through witty Life by Committee entertaining and often movingxaminations of the lives of these minent hypochondriacs James Boswell Charlotte Brontë Charles Darwin Florence Nightingale Alice James Daniel Paul Schreber Marcel Proust Glenn Gould and Andy Warhol Brian Dillon brilliantly unravels the tortuous connections between real and imagined illness irrational fear and rational concern the mind’s aches and the body’s idea. The Hypochondriacs Nine Tormented Lives