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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.
This book gives great insight into Ben Carson and who he truly is as a person due to his mother's influence and his personal choices. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by CelticWmn
After the Prayer Meeting I needed to learn more about Ben Carson. Suffice it to say he is an amazing man. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Deborah Flint
I have a new hero and am lending this book out for my grand children to read.Published 2 days ago by Julie Brown
Simply, well written biography. Inspirational. Every high school student should read it, especially those from less advantaged families and neighborhoods. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Annamaria Sauer
I was thrilled to read this book about such a phenomenal and distinguished gentleman. Dr. Carson gets my vote for great doctor, great family man and husband, great believer in the... Read morePublished 2 days ago by flower.2
An excellent story of a man of great accomplishments who I feel would be a very solid choice as our next President of the United States.Published 3 days ago by Francis E. Truax
Excellent book. Wish it was longer and talked more about his surgeries. Gave it to my 12 year old who loves to read and she also enjoyed the book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by P