Medicine: All in Your Mind

She was pretty, but she had a chronic runny nose. She had to blow it so much it completely messed up her social life. But her real trouble wasn't her nose at all: her father & mother had always treated her as a boy and the otherwise normal young woman used her sniffles as a subterfuge to keep young men at arm's length. When she realized what was really the matter with her, her nose stopped running. And eventually she married happily.

The girl with the sniffles was a clear case of psychosomatics. The vogue...

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