Professor Sherrilyn Roush:
"Hypochondria and Self-recalibration"
Hypochondria is, among other things, an epistemological problem about coping with uncertainty. It afflicts patient and doctor in different ways, and is enhanced today by informed consent, the great success of medical science in detecting the nascient and invisible, and the easy availability of information over the internet. To address this problem I suggest straight talk about uncertainty, and a strategy of teaching the patient self-calibration, that is, to keep a record of the frequency with which their past symptoms and complaints did and did not turn out to be a serious disease.
Professor Fabian Freyenhagen
abstract available soon