One example I find particularly interesting is whiplash from car accidents. The prevalence of this injury seems directly proportional to the amount of money you can sue for having it.
The problem with whiplash is that it often cannot be detected by MRI etc, and relies entirely on the patient's description of the pain. it seems that even if the patient is not deliberately malingering, there's a tendency to imagine symptoms if there's a potential big payoff for having them.
Mind over matter. The body tells the brain that it's okay, but the brain ignores it.
Yes. It's an interesting way of looking at it. I think the bottom line of that story is that people have been brought up to 'expect' or be 'entitled' somehow. And that they're greedy mf's because of the environment we've created. Everyone's chiselling off everyone else. (If you haven't read Raymond Chandler's Marlowe books..have a try, I think you'll enjoy them)