Well Enough Alone : A Cultural History of My Hypochondria

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2009-07-07
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
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The hilarious first-person account of life as a hypochondriac—from the critically acclaimed author of Devil in the Details. Jennifer Traig does not suffer from lupus, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s Disease, or muscular dystrophy. Nor does she have SUDS, the mysterious disorder that claims healthy young Asian men in their sleep. What she does have is hypochondria. In Well Enough Alone, Traig provides an uproariously funny inquiry into her ailment, as well as a well-researched history of the disorder. While chronicling her life as a hypochondriac and the minor conditions that helped to fuel her persistent self-diagnosis, she offers a literary tour of the disorder’s past and present. And by the end, her journey leaves her more knowledgeable, a little less neurotic, and—one might say—healthier.

Author Biography

Jennifer Traig has written for The Jewish Daily Forward, The Believer, and The New York Times, among other publications. Traig is also author of Devil in the Details. She holds a Ph.D. in literature, and lives in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Well Enough Alonep. 1
Hypochondria: The Miniseriesp. 19
Playing Deadp. 29
Anatomically Correctp. 37
Conversion Disorderp. 53
Socialized Medicinep. 65
Occupational Therapyp. 77
Textbook Casep. 87
The Best of Everythingp. 97
Shake It Upp. 117
The Talking Curep. 137
Wisdom Teethp. 151
Flesh And Bloodp. 169
Ta-Tap. 187
Calculusp. 205
Gut Reactionp. 215
End Notep. 227
Appendixp. 231
Acknowledgmentsp. 257
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