Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery
ISBN: 0316024759 Global Overview for this book
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One morning when he was almost five years old, Gory Friedman woke up with the uncontrollable urge to shake his head. From that day forward his life became an agony of irrepressable tics and involuntary utterances. Corey embarked on a thirteen-year odyssey of medication upon medication, treatment upon treatment--a constaintly changing regime that left him and his family feeling like gunie pigs in an out-of-control experiment. It soon became unclear which tics were symptoms of his condition and which were a side effect of the countless combination of drugs. The only certainty was that it kept getting worse. Simply put: Cory Friedman's life was a living hell.
Subjected to debilitating treatments and continious ridicule. Cory became devastatingly aware of how he appears to others. With the love of his family and the support of a few steadfast teachers and medical professionals, he fought for his very life, and you will cheer his amazing sucesses.
The book details Corey's treatment and the support of his parents. Some of his doctors suffer from the messiah complex: the inability to admit that they might have prescribed the wrong medicine. He has a very hard time making friends.
I didn't always feel complete sympathy for Corey. At times, especially toward the end of the book, his complaining and apparent feeling he is never at fault got on my nerves. Corey maintains that his school aid entrapped him, reporting him for smoking on campus, an activity which was previously tolerated. He does admit that they "can't officially allow me to have a cigarette on the property." and he was supposed to walk far away from the school, but he was "a little lazy." He feels persecuted by the school board that recommends he repeat his junior year. After reading about the events of that year, It seemed that it was a reasonable decision, but the authors describe it unfavorable terms. The school relents when his mother makes a impassioned case for allowing him to continue.
The story is a valuable history of a child and a condition that is still a medical mystery. The writing is personal and direct. If you have an interest in Tourette's you should read this book, because it gives valuable insight into a personal experience. What we learn is that modern medicine can not always make things easier for everyone. The education system helped him in some ways, but failed him in others. As an educator I have had students with Toureete's and OCD in my classroom, but not were as serve as Corey. The book can be useful book for physicians and educators alike.
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