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Publisher's Summary

Cory Friedman wakes up one morning when he is five years old with the uncontrollable urge to shake his head - and his life is never the same. From that day forward, his life becomes 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 keeps 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.
©2008 Hal Friedman; (P)2008 Hachette Audio
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"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." (Tess Gerritsen)
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By Nicole on 11-06-08

Good Story

This story made me realize how we always reach for a pill to make us feel better when it may really be making us even more ill. This was a triumphant story of a parent's love and a child's pain.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful


By Eunice on 07-20-09

Wonderful insight

This book was a little difficult to listen to. It opened a window into a troubled mind and body in a very poignant way. It also was most helpful, especially if there is someone in your family or close circle of friends that suffers a similar affliction.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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