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Against Medical Advice

One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery (Not Eligible for Ay)

by James Patterson & Hal Friedman

Against Medical Advice
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2008
    304 pages
    Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

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Cory Friedman woke up one morning when he was five years old with the uncontrollable urge to twitch his neck. From that day forward his life became a hell of irrepressible tics and involuntary utterances, and Cory embarked on an excruciating journey from specialist to specialist to discover the cause of his disease. Soon it became unclear what tics were symptoms of his disease and what were side effects of the countless combinations of drugs. The only certainty is that it kept getting worse. Simply put: Cory Friedman's life was 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 heartrending story of struggle and triumph with a climax as dramatic as any James Patterson thriller.

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

"Both harrowing and heartbreaking, but 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.

"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." - Lisa Scottoline.

"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." - Patricia Cornwell.

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Beverly Cregger

Against Medical Advice
A wonderful book. Cory is an amazing young man to have endured the pain and suffering that he went though. He has a wonderful family, too.
I loved the book.

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James Patterson & Hal Friedman Author Biography

James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. As of January 2016, he has sold over 350 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, he also writes children's, middle-grade, and young-adult fiction and is also the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children's bestsellers lists.

The son of an insurance salesman and a schoolteacher, Patterson grew up in Newburgh, New York, and began casually writing at the ...

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