São psiquiatras como Theodore Dalrymple que metem outros — como, por exemplo, o Júlio Machado Vaz — no bolso mínimo das moedas das minhas calças de ganga.
“There is no doubt that hypochondriacs are boring; you fear to ask them how they are in case they should tell you.
But one cannot help but suspect that their excessive concern with the state of their health is a defence against something worse, an existential fear that life has no meaning beyond itself, and that therefore the achievement of health, the avoidance of illness, is the highest goal possible.
In the absence of a transcendent purpose in life, staving off death becomes all-important. Hypochondriasis, then, is in part a religious or philosophical problem.”