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Gifted Hands 20th Anniversary Edition: The Ben Carson Story Hardcover – March 27, 2011
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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.
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Benjamin Carson, M.D started out on the mean Detroit streets. His father had to leave the family after it was found he was practically living a double life: he had a girlfriend and another family while married to Ben's mother. While his mother assured him the family would be fine, they had to struggle to make ends meet. Yet all the while, she kept pushing and pushing Ben to be the best he could possibly be. All the while, she knew he had it in him to get out of the Detroit ghetto in which they lived. All the while, she knew he'd make something of himself. And he did.
We see an amazing transformation from a skeptical kid, unsure of life, to an intelligent neurosurgeon with a heart of gold - so much so that he can't help but break down and cry when surgery results in the death of a patient. He is a person who made the best of his education, as well as his college years. He went from being the best to simply doing his best and can be regarded as an inspiration to all because his standard of life he began with wasn't as favorable as many rich families who have attended Ivy League colleges for generations.Read more ›
Ben went from being a poor black kid from the inner city of Detroit to one of the world's most renown neurosurgeons. Filled with fascinating case histories, this book takes you into the operating room where Ben tackles seemingly hopeless surgeries, which has resulted in many lives being saved.
Dr. Carson has committed himself to encouraging young people.
Ben has put forth a "Think Big" program that he shares with youth. Each letter in the words "Think Big" stand for a character quality that people need to fulfill their purpose in life. For example, the letter "T" stands for talent. Young people are encouraged to learn to recognize and accept their God given talent.
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Ben's incredible story kept me captivated through every chapter. So wonderful to read about him and his journey through medicine and through life.Published 12 hours ago by Jane Bedrossian
An inspirational book of a medically gifted mind, and hard working African American man, with great people skills. Sympathetic and courage surgeon.Published 13 hours ago by full-4ce
I loved this book and another one by Dr. Carson called the Big Picture. Very uplifting and inspiring. He has such a positive attitude, and amazing stories. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Sandra Ann Himmelfarb
This book is easy reading and flows well. Dr. Carson is also a gifted author. I enjoyed reading how this incredible man has lived his life and how he isn't afraid to speak Jesus'... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Pennie M. Hahn
Ben Carson's story is inspiring, but more than that, he accomplished success as a doctor through honest, hard worker, determination and faith. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Richard W. Hudson
I got this as a book report to do over the Summer, honestly I wasn't so enthusiastic about it. After reading a few chapters the book really had me hooked and I enjoyed every single... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Daniel Deleon