Little-known diseases to fear

Yesterday my friend Dennis DiClaudio, author of The Hypochondriac’s Pocket Guide to Horrible Diseases You Probably Already Have, diagnosed NPR’s Debbie Elliott with Alien Hand Syndrome.

He said she’ll be fine, as long as her hand doesn’t try to stab her in the throat.

According to the official website, the Hypochondriac’s Pocket Guidedetails forty-five of the most dangerous, painful, infectious, disgusting and strange diseases that you very well may now be carrying inside you now. All diseases included are one-hundred percent genuine, and the book is small enough to fit inside your pocket.”


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