They Dont Know Whats Wrong
- By: Rhona MacDonald
Patients expect us to be able to explain why they feel like they do and to be able attach a diagnostic label to all their symptoms, however weird and wonderful. It says something about modern medicine that patients often feel relieved at having something “legitimate” wrong with them, however awful. They have been vindicated. They are no longer time wasters, malingerers, or hypochondriacs, but “ill” and worthy of the doctors attention.
A readers query about unexplainable, episodic sneezing was the catalyst for James Le Fanu to allow his Daily Telegraph column to become a forum for sharing information about mysterious symptoms. Other readers (which sometimes included medical specialists) often offered a possible explanation and discussed a treatment that had worked.
This book pulls these columns together and categorises them into different body parts. Therefore the authors are really Daily Telegraph readers, who are acknowledged in eight pages at the back.