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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Hal Friedman, James Patterson

Narrated By: Kevin T. Collins

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: October 2008

Duration: 5 hours 15 minutes


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.


  • Vicki Clark

    I absolutely loved this book. Having two sons with Tourette's, I could relate with so many things. I would definitely recommend!

  • Linda Sessions

    Amazing and encouraging.A hero, and reminds me again of my childrens heroic accomplishments.

  • Steph

    I downloaded this because of the high rating and because it was written by James Patterson. I was not disappointed. This story is an amazing one. It details heartbreaking struggles and extreme circumstances that parents endure for their children and just how miracles can happen.