Well Enough Alone: A Cultural History of My Hypochondria

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Penguin, Jul 3, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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.
 

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After reading Jennifer Traig's other book "Devil in the Details," and now this, I'm pretty sure she's my long-lost twin sister. In fact, the similarities between us are so astonishing that I'm not ... Read full review

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I didn't find this incredibly discursive memoir very funny. Traig paints herself as a whiny jerk, though she does so in a pretty readable manner. Mostly I rolled my eyes a lot, and was really glad to not know her in person. I had her earlier book on my TBR shelf, but reading this one is plenty. Read full review

Contents

Well Enough Alone
The Miniseries
Playing Dead
Anatomically Correct
Conversion Disorder
Socialized Medicine
Occupational Therapy
Textbook Case
Flesh and Blood
Ta
Calculus
Gut Reaction
End Note
Appendix
DISEASES THAT WOULD MAKE NICE NAMES
FABLES FOR HYPOCHONDRIACS

The Best of Everything
Shake It
The Talking Cure
Wisdom Teeth
HYPOCHONDRIA HAIKU
SYMPTOMMATCHER INSTADIAGNOSIS Acknowledgements
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About the author (2008)

Jennifer Traig is the author of Devil in the Details: Scenes from an Obsessive Girlhood and a frequent contributor to The Forward and McSweeney’s. She holds a Ph.D. in Literature and resides in Berkeley, California.

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