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New book tries to explain the roots of hypochondria

New book tries to explain the roots of hypochondria

What do Andy Warhol, Howard Hughes and Woody Allen have in common with Chicago drive-time disc jockey Roe Conn? They all are — or were — hypochondriacs. But they're not alone. Due to our increased access to medical information, we are becoming a nation of hypochondriacs, said Catherine Belling, author of the new book, "A Condition of Doubt: The Meanings of Hypochondria." Belling's interest in hypochondria stems from the "constant tension," she said, "between the doctor who says he knows your body and the patient who says, 'I know it better.'" A native of South Africa, Belling lives in Chicago, where she spends her spare time...

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