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The Hypochondriac's Pocket Guide to Horrible Diseases You Pro... by Dennis DiClaudio
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Don't read this if you don't have a good sense of humor! Some people may become offended at the lighthearted manner this book uses to teach, but I believe it is important to keep a sense of humor about everything, no matter how grim.

I would actually classify this as a humor book, although it is a factual book giving an overview of unusual diseases. Each disease starts with symptoms (for the hypochondriac to identify with of course!), diagnosis ("If you're so vain you have a problem with giant bulbous growths disfiguring your jaw...then maybe (this disease) is kind of a big deal."), prognosis ("The good news is that you're not really in a coma, so it's quite possible that you'll be wide awake and fully aware of everything that's happening around you. The bad news is that you're not really in a coma, so it's quite possible that you'll be wide awake and fully aware of everything that's happening around you."), prevention ("Don't have a green marble cigar ashtray slammed against your skull repeatedly."), and an "OF NOTE" section with relevant history. Likely, I would not have read a non-humorous book with the same subject matter, but this one was an easy way to learn something without getting too detailed about anything.
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