As an honest-to-goodness hypochondriac myself, this book was both terrifying, but more thankfully, humorous. The underlying theme here is that in reality there isn't much one can do to truly avoid the possibility of contracting one of these diseases, but just in case you DID, here's some info you probably should know. Meant as more of an educational comedy book than any sort of self-help guide to what ails you. I enjoyed the author's humor so much that I am going to seek out his other works.
Some horrible diseases that aren't in the least funny to those who have them are depicted truthfully and hilariously by a comedian who works for a Medical Publishing Co. Gross, often ribald, and very rib-tickling.
Factual, but humorous, guide to 45 digusting, horrible diseases. The book is portable, so you can always have it with you at the onset of symptoms (real or imaginary. Let the worrying begin!
Are you sure you're not sick? You may laugh yourself sick after reading some of the descriptions of these illnesses. Just remember to never touch anyone or anything, wrap yourself in plastic wrap and wash continually with soap and hot water.
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com
First off, this is not a book for the faint of heart. It is, however, the perfect read for those with an off-the-wall sense of humor.
Mr. DiClaudio has compiled a list of forty-five of the most outlandish, obscure, and downright nasty diseases that you're likely to ever run across. Hopefully, on second thought, you'll never run across any of them, but in case you do, if you've read this book you'll at least be prepared for the horrid and totally disgusting ways with which you will suffer.
The diseases are broken up into categories, including Autoimmune, Bacterial, Genetic & Neurological, Idiopathic, Parasitic, Toxic & Fungal, and Viral & Prionic.
Although I found myself laughing hysterically at some of Mr. DiClaudio's observations, I sincerely hope to never find myself on the receiving end of these diseases. And, truth be told, I can't decide if I'd rather have worms living on my eyeball, having my flesh begin to decay while I'm still alive, or suffering from fatal familial insomnia (in which case, I'll never sleep again, and will probably spend my final waking hours wishing I had a disease as simple as worms living on my eyeball or having my flesh decay while I'm still alive).
Overall, a great way to spend a couple of hours. However, if you suspect you suffer from any of these forty-five diseases, you might want to actually see a doctor.
Oh BLECH!! Horrible, disgusting, nasty stuff!! Don't read this if you have a weak stomach! All these diseases are real, but the chances of anyone actually having one are pretty slim. On the bright side, if you do happen to be suffering from something in this book, the author writes it with just enough humor and profanity to make it funny. Sorta. :O)