Life in Rewind

Life in Rewind : The Story of a Young Courageous Man Who Persevered Over OCD and the Harvard Doctor Who Broke All the Rules to Help Him

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"A surprising tale of success by medical science confronted with a nearly insurmountable disorder. Well-rounded, powerful, and inspirational."

--Kirkus Reviews

In the vein of Manic and Girl, Interrupted, and the popular stories of Oliver Sacks, Life in Rewind is the captivating true story of promising young athlete Ed Zine's sudden descent into severe mental illness, and the brilliant Harvard doctor, Michael A. Jenike, who broke through the boundaries of traditional medicine to save him. Written by Terry Weible Murphy with Zine and Jenike, Life in Rewind provides a shocking picture of severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the surprising and unorthodox lengths to which a doctor goes to help his patient. The Washington Times calls this, "[An] extraordinary story." It is that and much more.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 158.76g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • Collins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061561460
  • 9780061561467
  • 699,924

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This isn t a memoir so much as an inspiring doctor/patient success tale. TV correspondent Murphy chronicles how Michael Jenike, M.D., broke through Edward Zine s seemingly impenetrable obsessive-compulsive disorder by breaking a rule befriending his patient.--Library Journal"
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Back cover copy

"Time equals progression--progression equals death."

This mantra held Ed Zine prisoner in the basement of his father's Cape Cod home. A handsome, athletic twenty-four-year-old suffering from a debilitating form of obsessive-compulsive disorder, he thought that going forward in time moved him closer to death, and that reversing the action would prevent it. Trapped in a ritualistic nightmare, Zine would spend nearly ten hours a day making the 16,384 precise movements necessary to get from his bed to the bathroom. Then he met Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Michael Jenike. One of the world's leading OCD physicians, Jenike took on Ed Zine's seemingly impossible case, breaking medicine's cardinal rule in the process: he offered the tragically disabled young man not only his professional help...but his friendship and trust, which ultimately led Zine to create his own coping skills to heal himself.

Life in Rewind is a miraculous true story of commitment and determination, darkness and hope, love and inspiration.
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189 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 25% (48)
4 39% (74)
3 26% (50)
2 8% (16)
1 1% (1)
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