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Against Medical Advice - James Patterson and Hal Friedman


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

Author: James Patterson and Hal Friedman

Read By: Kevin T. Collins

Publisher: Hachette Audio; Unabridged edition

Genre: Non-Fiction; Memoir

Number of Cd’s and/or Total running time: 5 CD’s / ~ 6 hours

ISBN-13: 978-1600246623

Link to the Author’s and/or Publisher’s Website: James Patterson

Link to for purchase (if applicable): Against Medical Advice

Release Date (if applicable): 09.15.2009

Brief Summary:

The Friedmans start an unbelievable journey when their son Cory wakes up one morning with the uncontrollable urge to shake his head back and forth. From that day when Cory was 5, he became a ball of uncontrollable words, movements and tics. He is diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which bring with them countless medications, doctors, treatments and troubles. Trying to lead a normal life is the main goal of the child while trying to cure their son is the goal of the parents. Well into his teens, the conditions just keep getting worse. Radical steps are taken and a few heroes are born in the attempt to curb the side effects, and gain control over the diseases.

Personal Review:

This audiobook was a bargain book find in a bookstore that was closing. I am glad I picked it up. (Don’t you just LOVE when you score a great audiobook at a low price thinking it will be a decent filler of time and find out it is an amazing recording?)

I could not put myself in Cory’s shoes. The embarrassment alone that he endured and took with grace and poise (most of the time) was enough to have me horrified, but the constant doctors, drug combinations, experts conflicting with each other, etc. would have had me off the deep end far before high school.

From someone who has not known anyone or anything like this in my lifetime, I felt myself asking how I would have dealt with it as a parent. Ultimately I think Hal and his wife did a great job and provided enough support to allow Cory to grow as a person in spite of the diseases, but still, I kept thinking to myself “Oh no he DIDN’T just grab the steering wheel!” and how much yelling I would have done, or punishing, or spanking, etc…

The book moved along quickly. Details were abundant and mixed in well with the story to gain a sense of exactly what Cory was feeling. This was the first recording I have listened to by Kevin T. Collins and I was quite impressed.



Rating: Excellent



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2 comments to Against Medical Advice – James Patterson and Hal Friedman

  • Hello,
    I have always wanted to break into audio books. Presently, I read/review books as a semi-professional hobby – but would LOVE to actually read for a company. Would you happen to have any leads?

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