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March 21 2011
FROM INNER-CITY KID TO RENOWNED NEUROSURGEON THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF DR. BEN CARSON Dr. Ben Carson is known around the world for breakthroughs in neurosurgery that have brought hope where no hope existed. In Gifted Hands, he tells of his inspiring odyssey from his childhood in inner-city Detroit to his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins Medical Institutions at age thirty-three. Taking you into the operating room where he has saved countless lives, Ben Carson is a role model for anyone who attempts the seemingly impossible.Filled with fascinating case histories, this bestselling book tells the dramatic and intimate story of Ben Carson’s struggle to beat the odds — and of the faith and genius that make him one of today’s greatest life-givers.“Love, faith, and hard work … overcome seemingly impossible odds.”—Ebony“Some say he would be a great man even if he never picked up a scalpel.”—Parade“He is a model to all the youth of today.”—Jesse Jackson“He works miracles on children others have written off as hopeless.”—Barbara Walters, ABC News 20/20
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YA-- 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
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book Jan. 25 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. It's kind of a rag to riches story but what is compelling is the steadfastness of his dear mother. She is a true heroine in this story. Her simple yet strong faith and complete trust in God made a profound impact on her sons and shaped the men that they became. I thought of the scripture verse, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13. Ben Carson is a remarkable man, surgeon and son.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good book July 6 2013
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This is a good book that I highly recommended to be read. Very inspirational that I bought three of his other books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it June 27 2013
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This is the perfect book eo encourage youth in any country to make the best of what you are given to achieve a successful life.
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1.0 out of 5 stars not sure April 29 2013
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Sometime feritale ,sometime rave and taf I expected better job J.V.I am not sure if I try next of his bucks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted hands March 20 2013
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Inspiring story of making your own future. Even though he sometimes wanted to slack off on learning, his mother kept him on track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gifted Hands March 18 2013
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Ben Carson shows what a person can become, with God's help. A real inspiration.
I highly recommend this book. Trudy
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gifted hands Nov. 1 2001
By wesley
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This book is a book about a man named ben carson. He was born in inner city of detroit. Ben decided he wanted to be a doctor. At the age of ten he started thinking of what colleuge he was going to. When he was in his last year of high school he was accepted to yale and maryland but he went to yale. In 1985 Ben carson did his first major surgey and did a great job. In 1987 Ben carson did a surgery on the binder twins who heads were joined together and did a great. Ben was a model youth student. He worked real hard in his life. And it payed of real great for him. In 1989 Ben carson was recieved a doctor degree and was very happy. What Ben also did a lot was help teenagers do real good in life he tried his hardest to make tenneagers recieve there goals. He also loved his job more then anythind in life. But he lived in a struggle house so he helps his parents out in life. Thats what makes him really gifted. This what makes this a book a four and a real close five.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Quite used March 30 2011
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The supplier said this book was in good condition. While it's far from falling apart,
I would rate it as "average". The dust cover has definitely seen better days and when I'm
reading it, I feel like I'm most certainly reading a used book and want to wash my hands
every few minutes! Great, inspiring story, but not very impressed with the condition of
the book.
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