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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.
I first read this book in 1997. I was , at that time, a neurosurgical OR nurse and a single mom of 3 children. It changed the way I parented my children. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Glenda Johnson
beautiful story ...too bad he's a Tea Party guy" great doctor...wonderful manPublished 1 day ago by elizgabeth kin
Every young person should read this book. No excuse is a good excuse you get out of life what you put into it.Published 2 days ago by Stella
Such a gifted man with a Mom who compelled him to find his true calling. Parents, teens - everyone can learn something from his story. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Nancy
This is my first book by Ben Carson but it won't be my last. We need more people like him to give us hope for the future. The more we learn his system the better we can bePublished 5 days ago by Vicky Hixson
WHAT A STORY AND HOW A MOTHER CAN GUIDE HER CHILDREN . IT SHOWS WHAT A PERSON CAN DO I AM SO GLAD YOU ARE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES . Read morePublished 6 days ago by BENNA JO PALMER