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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 bought this as a gift for friends whom I want to encourage - because encourage it does!Published 23 hours ago by Charles M. Cullen
This guy is the genuine article. It will surprise me if he does not run for President and makes it. The book tells the reasons why.Published 23 hours ago by B. Carr
Very interesting. Inspiring person. I wish I had his nerve!Published 1 day ago by amazon compatible
Love seeing how one man achieved his dream by good old fashioned hard work. Great book to expand your thinking and a challenge to think bigger than where you are today. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mel Stauber
writing this comment for recipient of this book to son as gift. Says he is thoroughly enjoying this read. Read morePublished 1 day ago by walle
Gifted Hands should be required reading by every 5th grader. And then again by every incoming Freshman in college.Published 1 day ago by Karl Kacerek
A very good book on how you can suceed in America if you really try and interesting in how God helped his gifted hands.Published 2 days ago by Joseph P. Butler