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Hating Hypochondriacs

Catherine Belling

in A Condition of Doubt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199892365
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199950096 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199892365.003.0016
Hating Hypochondriacs

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This chapter asks why hypochondria is surrounded by stigma and stereotypes, and why the popular image of the hypcohondriac is a as figure of fun, comical, derided, suspected of malingering, and resented for inappropriately demanding attention and resources. The chapter demonstrates that medicine ambivalently shares many of these popular responses to patients who persist in feeling sick despite repeated reassurance, and examines the reasons for doctors' own common and particular aversion for hypochondriacs.

Keywords: stigma; stereotype; comedy; malingering; aversion; the bad patient

Chapter.  6676 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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