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The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You: A Guide to Self-Diagnosis for Hypochondriacs Hardcover – September 21, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Knock Knock (September 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601060351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601060358
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Complete Manual of Things That Might Kill You,/i>, or a guide to how an innocent body ache of yours could go horribly wrong. Hypochondriacs; that itch you're feeling to read this book? Could be anthrax. ----Entertainment Weekly

Customer Reviews

Nice paper for the book and cover, too...I'm picky like that.
Lori Anderson
This is a really fun book for the person in your life who worries WAY too much about everything!
Nick Giglio
I had this book out when family was over and everyone was checking it out.
J. T. Stern

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By J. T. Stern on June 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I had this book out when family was over and everyone was checking it out. Basically, you look up your symptom (headache, whatever) and the book tells you what terrible disease you're dying from. I don't understand the reviewer complaining about the medical advice -- um, hello, it's a HUMOR BOOK! And my two sisters are nurses and they thought everything was hilarious. It looks legit to me! (And I watch Grey's Anatomy and House, so I am clearly an expert.) Seriously, this book is probably used by the writers of those TV shows because just like on the show, the most innocent symptoms indicate the most horrible killer disease ever. Just don't give it to your hypochondriac elderly aunt or anything. Also beware: My kids use it as a way to get out of school..hey, maybe I should try it for work..."Oh, my ribs hurt, I have costochondritis!"
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Aileen on May 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Perfect book for anyone who's never satisfied with the common cold. I especially like the "You Eat, You Suffer" section on foodborne illnesses.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thea S. Klapwald on May 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have so many friends who are constantly sending me those crazy emails telling me what might kill me next and I'm going to give each and every one of them this book. I love the Knock Knock style and pace, the amount of irreverence combined with knowledge. I always feel smarter but somewhat humbled as well after I read a Knock Knock piece. Keep 'em coming.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mera on June 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
That strange chest pain (which I've been complaining about but doing nothing about for a week)? Yeah, turns out I probably have the cancer ... or atleast the costochondritis. My friend bought me this book because, quote, she "couldn't help it-you have issues." But at least now I have the fancy names to back up my claims ... I just wanted to shout out to others who need a vocab of scientific sounding names, to legitimize their claims of waning mortality of course, that this is the book for you. Way easier than the inter-web!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sierra Mist on May 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
great book as a gift to the hypochondriac in the family and/or circle of friends. should not be taken too seriously as it is clear the book is meant to make people laugh so if your hypochondriac mom or best friend is a little sensitive, then this may not be the book for her/him.

but for anyone with a sense of humor...it is a fun read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kendall J. Meade on May 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a great gift idea for friends or family with a sense of humor!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Rice on June 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
That being said, it may require a dry wit, and first-hand experience with a hypochondriac to appreciate the book to its fullest. The individual entries themselves are written straight. The humor is in that the only diseases that go with a runny nose are Hodgkin's Disease and Relapsing Polychondritis (for example) as well as the silly facts and quotes. My favorite part of the book is at the end, where there are many medical terms, including prefixes and suffixes so that you can make up your own diseases. At a time when there are so many web sites devoted to self-diagnosis, it is nice to see that someone out there is not taking it all too seriously!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Leah on May 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
There are always days when rain or laziness keeps you inside, whether with friends or by yourself. Some of my favorite memories are from days like those when doing nothing is really the best thing. One of my friends had this sitting on their bookshelf and we wasted at least an hr flipping through it. There were some fascinating facts and I definitely left my "lazy" afternoon a little smarter than I started it! Glad to have a book that can help out when you wonder what a certain pain or feeling could mean- everyone's hoping for something that's at least a little dramatic!
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