Awaits a study by someone better able to write it "Tormented Hope Which Was On "hope which was on it Tormented Hope which was on the 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 Marcel Proust Glenn Gould and Andy Warhol The author uses written personal accounts of these individuals and biographies about them along with past and current medical literature on hypochondria and the ffect of the mind on illness to Zoete tranen 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 had writtenxtensively about their illnessesAlthough this concept of this book was interesting to me I did not Water Music enjoy it and stopped reading it about halfway through I found the discussions tedious and drawn out and the lives of the people as portrayed by Dillon had little or no interest to me I think that this book would be much interesting to readers who have a strong interest in these individuals rather than someone looking for a medical history of hypochondria 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 Revived 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 biography and not a medical journal or book the artists real illnesses as defined 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. 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 xplores in the stories of nine individuals the relationship between mind and body as it is mediated by the xperience 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 fun reading this ven if it wasn t the most substantive or Love for Imperfect Things engaging bookver The sections on the Schreber case and Glenn Gould were probably my favorites No need to rush to read this one but if you also have a talent at spinning A Heart of Stone everything from a slight ache in the chest to a twitch of theye into cancer or ALS this book will remind you you re at least in decent company Interesting very interesting I thought very story would read like a textbook I was pleased to discover the author managed to make it story like Not too Bad Interesting Unfortunately The interesting Unfortunately the 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 "heavy handed attempts to force his subjects into the diagnosis hypochondriac annoying and unconvincing and turns into a show case his clectic study of the use of the term through history without teaching us anything about the Language and Linguistics effect of 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 crudenough that it is very likely their feelings of having something seriously wrong were true Charlotte Bronte for Divertimento 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. 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. 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 racing thoughts as the hallmark of her Daniel Schreber aware of his mental illness probably had schizoaffective disorder due to inner conflict with his homosexuality Daniel Schreber aware of his mental illness probably had schizoaffective disorder due to inner conflict with his homosexuality 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 community during the Promise at Dawn early 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 lives and creativity of the subjects I ve been fascinated with medical history for than 20 years and this book isngaging beyond belief specially if the reader is particularly interested in one of the hypochondriacs Charlotte Bronte Andy Warhol Florence Nightingale Glenn Gould tc 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 particularly Bangkok Wakes to Rain elegant 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 figur. Ng our sense of ourselves as physical beings Through wittyntertaining and often moving The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery examinations of the lives of theseminent 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.
KINDLE BOOKS The Hypochondriacs Nine Tormented Lives BY Brian Dillon – doctorio.us