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YA-- A brief, easy-to-read autobiography of a black man who is one of today's leading neurosurgeons. While pursuing his career, Carson encountered prejudice, negative peer pressure, and politics in getting a job. His sense of humor, faith in God, patience, and his belief in the work ethic come through without preaching. In the last chapter, Carson gives recommendations to students on ways to live and to achieve. --Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
In 1987, Dr. Benjamin Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. The extremely complex and delicate operation, five months in the planning and twenty-two hours in the execution, involved a surgical plan that Carson helped initiate.
Carson pioneered again in a rare procedure known as hemispherectomy, giving children without hope a second chance at life through a daring operation in which he literally removed one half of their brain.
But such breakthroughs aren't unusual for Ben Carson. He's been beating the odds since he was a child.
Raised in inner-city Detroit by a mother with a third grade education, Ben lacked motivation. He had terrible grades. And a pathological temper threatened to put him in jail. But Sonya Carson convinced her son that he could make something of his life, even though everything around him said otherwise.
Trust in God, a relentless belief in his own capabilities, and sheer determination catapulted Ben from failing grades to the top of his class--and beyond to a Yale scholarship . . . the University of Michigan Medical School . . . and finally, at age 33, the directorship of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Today, Dr. Ben Carson holds twenty honorary doctorates and is the possessor of a long string of honors and awards, including the Horatio Alger Award, induction into the "Great Blacks in Wax" Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, and an invitation as Keynote Speaker at the 1997 President's National Prayer Breakfast.
Gifted Hands is the riveting story of one man's secret for success, tested against daunting odds and driven by an incredible mindset that dares to take risks. This inspiring autobiography takes you into the operating room to witness surgeries that made headlines around the world--and into the private mind of a compassionate, God-fearing physician who lives to help others. Through it all shines a humility, quick wit, and down-to-earth style that make this book one you won't easily forget. Dr. Benjamin Carson is director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He lives with his wife, Candy, and three sons in West Friendship, Maryland. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.See all Editorial Reviews
Excellent autobiography of a hard working and talented young man who did not let his impoverished background stop him from accomplishing greatness! Read morePublished 5 hours ago by rosebud
Awesome book by a genuine Doctor that is very dedicated. A great story of perservancePublished 12 hours ago by Pat Burney
Good reading, interesting, moving but a little disappointing with how the book was finished.Published 15 hours ago by R-R
Such a good book about an outstanding surgeon! Full of stories of medical miracles he was part of. Ben Carson details his faith in Jesus Christ and credits God with his success in... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
I am so proud to call him my brother-in-christ. He is an extra-ordinary person, displaying godly wisdom. Hopefully, he will be the next president of our country.Published 1 day ago by SHIRLEY M. DAYWALT
Enjoyable and insightful book about Ben Carson's life. Whether or not you want him for president, this book should be read to learn about the man and about a gentleman who overcame... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mary Little