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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.
Biographies are always so interesting. This not only fills that criteria but is also uplifting and touches the heart. How thankful I am for Dr. Read morePublished 10 hours ago by bojo
If you're curious about this individual, find out about his upbringing & life in his own words.Published 19 hours ago by 68olds
Very inspiring reading. Easy to read. Excellent for young poeple to read.Published 23 hours ago by Ray Nasser
Everyone should read this book. Parents should read it to their children. Ben Carson was honest and chose to solve issues rather than dwell on them!Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I was glad to read this very inspiring life story. I hope we see much more of Dr. Carson.Published 1 day ago by Mrs C
Ben Carson is an inspiring man. He would be a great motivational speaker for at risk minority youth. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Sheri L. Groen
Amazing and informative along with inspiring. Thank you for showing by your example how to be successful and most of all giving our Loving Heavenly Father the credit for all... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Robyn Baker
Well written, informative, and inspiritional. Made me appreciate Ben Carson and his life.Published 2 days ago by Narda Rose Torgerson