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Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery

Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery

by James Patterson, Hal Friedman

Narrated by Kevin T. Collins

Unabridged — 5 hours, 14 minutes

James Patterson
Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery

Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery

by James Patterson, Hal Friedman

Narrated by Kevin T. Collins

Unabridged — 5 hours, 14 minutes

James Patterson

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Overview

Cory Friedman woke up one morning when he was five years old with the uncontrollable urge to shake his head and his life was never the same again. From that day forward his life became a hell of uncontrollable tics, urges, and involuntary utterances. Eventually he is diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive disorder, and Cory embarks on an excruciating journey from specialist to specialist, enduring countless combinations of medications in wildly varying doses. Soon it becomes unclear what tics are symptoms of his disease and what are side effects of the drugs. The only certainty is that it kept getting worse. Despite his lack of control, Cory is aware of every embarrassing movement, and sensitive to every person's reaction to his often aggravating presence. Simply put: Cory Friedman's life is a living hell.


AGAINST MEDICAL ADVICE is the true story of Cory and his family's decades-long battle for survival in the face of extraordinary difficulties and a maddening medical establishment. It is a heart-rending story of struggle and triumph with a climax as dramatic as any James Patterson thriller.


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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

...Kevin Collins is comfortable with the contemporary vernacular of a 15-year old boy. His sinewy voice shifts from bemusement to bitterness, conjuring the mindset of an adolescent beset by overwhelming challenges.—Audiofile

The Arizona Republic

"A disturbing story but ultimately an inspiring one that affirms the power of families to overcome adversity."

Mary Brophy Marcus - USA Today

" Against Medical Advice touches on numerous harrowing experiences Cory rode out in school."

Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg - The Wall Street Journal

"The frightening, frustrating life story of Mr. Friedman's son Cory, who for 13 years battled Tourette's syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorder."

Tess Gerritsen

" Against Medical Advice is both harrowing and heartbreaking, but is also a story of astonishing courage. This book stands as a testament to the amazing power of one family's unconditional love for each other."

George Pelecanos

"Inspiring...a testament to the importance of family and the resilient nature of the human spirit."

Terri Cheney

"In the tradition of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Patterson and Friedman manage to get deep inside debilitating illness, and show us what life looks like from that perspective. Against Medical Advice is an amazing story of courage, fortitude and a family's love, simply told."

Lisa Scottoline

" Against Medical Advice is a true story that reads like the most riveting of pageturners. Read it and feel at gut-level what it's like to be a child whose life is almost destroyed by a hellish array of nightmare medical symptoms. Best of all, watch what happens when an entire family stands together against all odds, armed with strength, perseverance, and love for one another."

Patricia Cornwell

"A work of naked truth, as disturbing as it is important-Against Medical Advice turns Tourette's Syndrome inside out and shows us what it is like to be trapped inside a brain that has a nightmarish mind of its own. This true story of Hal Friedman's son, Cory, is a gift of honesty, huge courage, and hope, and a reminder that against all medical advice and odds, human beings can prevail."

Mary Brophy Marcus

Against Medical Advice touches on numerous harrowing experiences Cory rode out in school.
USA Today

Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg

The frightening, frustrating life story of Mr. Friedman's son Cory, who for 13 years battled Tourette's syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and anxiety disorder.
The Wall Street Journal

Product Details

BN ID: 2940173395320
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publication date: 11/15/2019
Edition description: Unabridged

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