Genre: Popular Science
Published: 1 October 2005
Publisher: Short Books

I Told You I Was Ill

by John O’Connell

Do you think spots are cancer? That headaches are a sign of incipient stroke? That shoulder twinges are cardiovascular accidents waiting to happen? Congratulations! You’re a hypochondriac. Don’t, however, let anyone, least of all close friends and family, make you feel guilty or ashamed. As this hilarious book shows, hypochondria is the only sane response to the modern world – an illness in itself (hurrah!) and part of a noble tradition stretching back thousands of years. Some of the greatest minds of our time have been incorrigible hypochondriacs. They understood what too many of us have forgotten: you can’t get better if you don’t confront the worst.

"This short, witty and beautifully observed book is going to have you laughing all the way to your likely early grave..." - James Delingpole, Mail on Sunday
"Shamelessly endearing... such a pleasure to read." - Zoe Williams, New Statesman
"One of those rare books that makes you laugh, think and stand naked and afraid before a full-length mirror" - Tim Moore

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