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Second Suns: Two Trailblazing Doctors and Their Quest to Cure Blindness, One Pair of Eyes at a Time Paperback – Illustrated, September 20, 2016

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“As miracles go, it’s hard to beat making the blind see. Yet that’s exactly what the eye surgeon Dr. Geoffrey Tabin can do. He services poor people in the developing world who have developed cataracts—a clouding of the lens of the eye that is the world’s leading cause of blindness. . . . Second Suns is a hopeful work, a profile of two doctors who have dedicated their lives to bringing light to those in darkness.”—Time
 
“A compelling and inspiring book . . . 
Second Suns portrays heroic health care delivered under harrowing conditions: Ruit and his teams carry their equipment on multi-day treks up steep mountain trails, sometimes hiking at night with flashlights or head lamps, to reach settlements where they typically spend several days operating on hundreds of villagers in makeshift surgical theaters.”—Washington Post
 
Second Suns should be required reading for anybody with an interest in humanitarian philanthropy—or, for that matter, a desire to feel a little better about the world.”—Outside
 
“A detailed, heartfelt account of the work of [two] dedicated pioneers.”—
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“I found myself completely captivated and fascinated by the story of two doctors, [Tabin and Ruit] who, through a series of mountaineering expeditions (among many other exploits) made it their life’s mission to eradicate curable and preventable blindness in the underdeveloped world within their lifetimes.”—
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About the Author

Journalist David Oliver Relin (1962–2012) was a recipient of the Kiriyama Prize and a James A. Michener Fellowship. He coauthored the #1 New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea.


Paul Farmer is the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and cofounder of Partners In Health. Among his numerous awards and honors is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “genius award.”
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ The Experiment; Illustrated edition (September 20, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1615193626
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1615193622
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.05 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 1.19 x 8.25 inches
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Very inspirational! Surprised about not knowing the story of such a magnificent cause after being in the Eye Care profession for about 8 years. This should be passed on as far as possible.
Drs Ruit and Tabin seem to be superhumans. Dr Tabin's adventurous life is no less inspiring.
Commendable job by Late David Relin. Thank you for bringing it to the world.
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