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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 the Hardcover edition.
This is the 3rd book I have read of Ben Carson--I know it was older but he shared so much of who he is--I love it. this man is real. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by LaRue
An amazing and inspiring story - especially when you know it is written by a brilliant neurosurgeon. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by teacher442
Enjoyed Dr. Carson's story. I look forward to reading his other books. As a story teller, his first writing effort seemed to repeat some events and theories too often, but I'm... Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Chevyboy
Excellent. Every person should read especially blacks. It gives you faith in some people in important positions and how they use their gifts.Published 1 day ago by Wintery
Outstanding autobiography of an incredibly gifted man. The book is so well written and so heart warming. I would recommend it to everyone.Published 1 day ago by Pat Young
Very good, he is an interesting man. So dedicated to medicine and helping others.Published 2 days ago by Patty Callison
This is a powerful story of overcoming a childhood of poverty to become a leader in his field. His values should be taught to every parent and child. Read morePublished 3 days ago by D G Whitley
Love Dr Ben Carson - decided to read all his books after reading One Nation. I hope he becomes president. He is certainly qualified if anyone is.Published 3 days ago by J Whitmer