Hypochondriasis viewed as a religio-philosophical problem

Dalrymple writes that the obsession with

health, safety and security (which have replaced faith, hope and charity as virtues) is not proportional, except possibly inversely, to risk or threat.

The hypochondriac

is not assuaged by statistics that show that his generation is the healthiest that has ever lived, or that death does not lurk in every food and every product and every situation. In the absence of a transcendent purpose in life, staving off death becomes all-important.

Le Malade imaginaire. Honoré Daumier, c. 1860-62. Philadelphia Museum of Art

Le Malade imaginaire. Honoré Daumier, c. 1860-62. Philadelphia Museum of Art

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