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

Version: Unabridged
Author: James Patterson , Hal Friedman
Narrator: Kevin T. Collins
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction, Psychology, Autobiography
Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA
Published In: September 2009
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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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.

Reviews (4)

Eye Opening

Written by Karen from Germantown, MD on May 19th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

What an eye opening book! Very compelling story and educational as well. Thanks for telling your story.


Written by Fred on April 23rd, 2011

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Easy to read and very inspirational, this is a story of a young man who was subject to a horrible illness which was made worse by the drugs he was given. It was kind of a Catch 22 because he needed to take the drugs and yet they caused him even more problems. So he finally took matters into his own hands and determined to do whatever he could to control the illness on his own, with help from very competent counseling.

Against Medical Advice

Written by Pat on September 1st, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a great book very different and very informative. I would recommend it to anyone.

Great for Parents/Teachers

Written by sopatty on February 28th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 5/5

NOT a normal Patterson book! A GREAT book for teachers or those who work with kids with challenges. A real-world narrative based on a REAL boy. Worth a listen!

Author Details

Author Details

Patterson, James

James Patterson is an award-winning American author. Formerly the chairman of advertising company J. W. Thompson in the early 1990s, Patterson came up with the slogan "Toys R Us Kid." Shortly after his success with Along Came A Spider, he retired from the firm and devoted his time to writing. The novels-featuring his character, Alex Cross, a black forensic psychologist formerly of the Washington, D.C. Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, now working as a private psychologist and government consultant-are the most popular books among Patterson readers and the top selling US Detective series in the past ten years.

In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover novels sold was a James Patterson title - totaling an estimated of 16 million books sold last year in North America alone. In total, Patterson's books have sold an estimated 150 million copies worldwide. He has won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, and the International Thriller of the Year award. James Patterson was called "the man who can't miss" in Time magazine. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists, and to have two books on NovelTracker's top-ten list at the same time..He holds the New York Times bestsellers list record with 39 New York Times bestselling titles overall.* He even made an appearance on the Fox TV show The Simpsons as himself.

Patterson is also well known for sharing the spotlight with different co-authors such as Maxine Paetro and Andrew Gross and has often said that collaborating with others brings new and interesting ideas to his stories.

He also founded the James Patterson PageTurner Awards, now in its third year. Patterson has personally given away over $600,000 to reward "people, companies, schools, and other institutions who find original and effective ways to spread the excitement of books and reading."

Patterson's bestselling Women's Murder Club series is now a TV show starring former Law & Order star Angie Harmon. The show premiered in the fall of 2007 on ABC television. Other movie deals are currently in the works with various Hollywood studios including a major motion picture based on his Maximum Ride series, to be produced by Avi Arad, the creator of X-Men and Spiderman. Most recently, the forthcoming Dangerous Days of Daniel X has been optioned by New Regency.

Patterson received his bachelor's degree from Manhattan College.

He lives in Palm Beach, Florida with his wife, Susan, and son, Jack.

Friedman, Hal

James Patterson's most recent bestseller is Double Cross. He is one of the best known and best selling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.
Hal Friedman has published five works of fiction. He lives with his wife, Sophia, at the edge of a forest, in northern New Jersey.