valetudinarian

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valetudinarian

, valetudinary
1. a person who is or believes himself to be chronically sick; invalid
2. a person excessively worried about the state of his health; hypochondriac
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Spencer's life did indeed come to a sad end, but despite the bleak conclusion of his self-portrait, written as he witnessed his fall from fashion and suffered serious ill health beyond his previous well-managed valetudinarianism, it seems to me that Francis tends to exaggerate the emptiness of Spencer's emotional landscape.
Like all Leftist intellectuals Hobsbawm is very unfair to the USA; he speaks of 'the built-in valetudinarianism of North American culture'.