The Imaginary Invalid
Translated and adapted by James Magruder, “The Imaginary Invalid” is an outrageous social commentary on medicine and its practitioners. The story follows a hopeless hypochondriac whose “habit” is supported by medical practitioners of all kinds. When it comes time to marry off his daughter, it is no surprise that he sees it as a chance to gain a doctor for a son. But his daughter has other ideas, and the result is a series of romantic misadventures, mistaken identities and more.