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Med Head
Med Head

Biography/Autobiography
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ISBN: 0316076171
$8.99/U.S.
320 pages
8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
Little, Brown Books
for Young Readers

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The dramatic true account of one family's struggle with a tormenting medical mystery.

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.

Med Head

Biography/Autobiography
Paperback
ISBN: 0316076171
$8.99/U.S.
320 pages
8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
Little, Brown Books
for Young Readers

At the Edge of Madness

Chapter 1

I'M SEVENTEEN YEARS OLD and lying like a pathetic, helpless lump in the backseat of our family car, being transported to a place that treats crazy people.

This is an exceptional event, even for me. I know that my brain causes unusual problems that no one has been able to treat, but being insane isn't one of them.

How and why I've gotten to this point is complicated, but the main reason I'm here is more immediate. I've ? nally found the one thing that brings me peace—alcohol.

Now this self-medication has become a life-threatening danger that I cannot ?x by myself. The doctors at the place I'm going to promise they can help me. I've heard that one before.

After about an hour, we arrive at a large brick building with a sign that reads DRESSLER PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL. In a split second the reality of what's happening becomes very real and very scary.

"Why does it say that?" I call from the backseat, my heart suddenly pounding.

"Don't worry about the sign," my mother says to calm my rising panic. "They treat all different kinds of problems here, Cory."

Dad looks as worried as I am but says softly, "Let's not deal with this now, okay?"

Not deal with going to a hospital for psychos? Sure, no problem. What can my father be thinking?

Inside the main entrance, I enter a very crowded, somewhat noisy waiting room. Being on view always makes me uneasy, so as soon as I start to walk, my feet need to perform a triple hop, three quick steps only inches apart, which throws me off balance.

I have to do this in order to satisfy a tension that is building up in my legs and can't be released any other way. Sometimes this trips me up so much that I go flying to the ground.

I do the triple hop a few more times before reaching out for the safety of one of the empty waiting-room chairs.

Welcome to my fun house, folks.

Copyright © 2010 by James Patterson

Med Head

Biography/Autobiography
Paperback
ISBN: 0316076171
$8.99/U.S.
320 pages
8.2 x 5.5 x 1 inches
Little, Brown Books
for Young Readers

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