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ARTICLE 7 by Antonio Lubrano
Moliere wasn't expecting it
Pathophobia. Or rather, people who are afraid of contracting illnesses. Italy is full of them: eight million. A disturbing report. Crossing the data relevant to the presentations from the public health structure in five cities (Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples and Catania), we discover that five million people fear getting a heart attack, a tumour or aids. And three million fear they are going mad. What is even more surprising is the cost of these non-existent illnesses: three and a half billion Euros in 2003, while the previous year was "just" three billion. We are a country of imaginary illnesses: Would you ever have expected it? Neither would Moli¸re.