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Gifted Hands 20th Anniversary Edition: The Ben Carson Story (Hardcover)

by Ben Carson and Cecil Murphey

Book Description

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. Carson pioneered again in a rare procedure known as a hemispherectomy, giving children without hope a second chance at life through a daring operation in which he literally removes one half of their brain.

Such breakthroughs aren't unusual for Dr. 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, Carson lacked motivation. He had terrible grades, and a pathological temper threatened to put him in jail. But Sonya Carson convinced her son 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 Carson from failing grades to the directorship of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md.

"Gifted Hands" 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.

Editorial Review

School Library Journal

“A brief, easy-to-read autobiography of a black man who is one of today's leading neurosurgeons. While pursuing his career, Carson encountered prejudice, negative peer pressure, and politics in getting a job. His sense of humor, faith in God, patience, and his belief in the work ethic come through without preaching. In the last chapter, Carson gives recommendations to students on ways to live and to achieve.” – Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, Va.

About the Author

Today, Dr. Ben Carson holds 20 honorary doctorates and possesses a long string of honors and awards, including the Horatio Alger Award and induction into the "Great Blacks in Wax" Museum in Baltimore, Md. More recently he achieved even greater public recognition for his keynote address at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast before members of Congress and President Barack Obama. He is the author of  numerous books, including “America the Beautiful” and the bestsellers "Gifted Hands" and "Take the Risk."

Product Details

  • Reading level: Ages 18 and up
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 20 Anv edition (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310332907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310332909
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces

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