Chapter

How Can I Tell?

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/9780199892365.003.0023
How Can I Tell?

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The final three chapter of the book consider the role of narrative in the patient's experience of hypochondria. Analysing a range of life-writing written by self-identified hypochondriacs, this chapter suggests that while narrativity is inherent in hypochondria, the condition also challenges the conventions of pathography, both because no “real” disease is found and because the patient-narrator is considered to lack credibility. What, then, in hypochondria, constitutes a “good story”?

Keywords: narrative; life-writing; illness narratives; pathography; memoir

Chapter.  6276 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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