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  • The book's design, the wonderful illustrations and Diclaudio's humor combine to make this a fun read

    • by Paula H.
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      This book is great fun, except for people who worry about getting any diseases that they’ve read about. The “Hypochondriac’s Pocket Guide to Horrible Diseases You Probably Already Have” was written by Dennis Diclaudio and is sold at most bookstores for $14. 95 in the United States, $19.

      95 in Canada. The Table of Contents is straightforward and appears professional, with sections divided into Autoimmune, Bacterial, Neurological, Idiopathic, Parasitic, Toxic and Fungal, and Viral.

      Though it selects real diseases and disorders, some are rare or bizarre.


      One first thing: Don’t worry.

      Chances of you catching any are quite remote. For all, he gives symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, and treatment.

      The author’s humor shines through on every page. One disorder he mentioned is Cornu Cutaneum, in which a person grows a horn like that of a rhinocerous.

      Under diagnosis he says, “Doesn’t it always happen at the worst time? Your first big job interview. The crucial first date with that cute girl from the gym.

      You think you’ve got everything under control: ...


      • the right suit, reservations at a trendy Thai restaurant, falsified expense accounts. Then you look in the mirror on the big day and - boom -you’ve grown a horn on your face.

        ” and “You can try to explain that it’s just a hard, dense, pointy overgrowth…but what does it matter? A horn is a horn. ” Others include: Opsoclonus-Myoclonus (also known as Dancing Eyes/Dancing Feet) diagnosed by observing facial tics, drooling, confusion, quivering, confusion, and shimmying.

        Mucormycosis, in which you get a moldy brain, is

        a scary disease. The author talks about the acceptable places to find fungus, like forest paths, or between the tiles in the shower.

        But definitely not in the brain. It can destroy the skull from the inside out, causing the face to collapse on itself.

        The book is certainly not meant to scare anyone but, when you feel or see something strange, he suggests you keep this book handy…just in case. The book’s design, the wonderful illustrations and Diclaudio’s humor combine to make this a”fun read.




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