Item description for Gifted Hands: Ben Carson Story-Hardcover by Ben Carson M. D. & Cecil Murphey...
Overview Examines the life and career of the famous neurosurgeon
Publishers 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. 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.
Community Description 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. Carson's quick wit, warmth, and down-to-earth style make his autobiography a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience.
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Citations And Professional Reviews Gifted Hands: Ben Carson Story-Hardcover by Ben Carson M. D. & Cecil Murphey has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
School Library Journal - 12/01/1990
Wilson Senior High Core Col - 01/01/1992 page 494
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.35" Width: 5.59" Height: 0.89" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 1990
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310546508 ISBN13 9780310546504 UPC 025986546502
Reviews - What do customers think about Gifted Hands: Ben Carson Story-Hardcover?
Simple but effective! Mar 29, 2007
I picked this book because of all of the great reviews that were given here. I have to say, I agree. The book is simple, detailing Ben Carson's life from childhood to renowned neurosurgeon. The book is an easy read and not filled with complicated medical jargon. I wish I had read this book when I was younger (though it wasn't written then), I would have felt inspired to do better in school. It's nice to read real-life inspirational stories that motivate you to be a better person, while assuring you that good people are out there doing great things.
Great Man - Better Story Jan 11, 2007
I've been suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia for years. When it reached the point where I couldn't take it anymore, I met with Ben Carson and scheduled brain surgery. During the time between meeting him and having successful surgery I read this book. The book solidified my decision to use Dr. Carson, and helped put my wife and 3 young kids at ease. Great inspirational book for anyone!!
A book for young teens finding their role life Oct 23, 2006
A gifted hands by Dr. Benjamin Carson is an intelligent book for everyone. This book motivate teens to believe in themselves, deal with peer pressure and find their role in life. Carson is one of the two children of Sonya Carson and Mr. Carson. Carson Struggled from child hood to fit in, he was not the brightest kid in class but through perseverance, and studying, he found his way from Detroit to Harvard, and John Hopkins Teaching hospital as a neurosurgeon . Neurosurgery did not come easy for Carson but he overcame the trials and tribulation by praying and finding his role in life.
A Teacher's View Aug 13, 2006
I had high hopes for this book. An excerpt was read to me at a teacher training and I thought it would be a great book to inspire my students to care about their education. I rushed out and bought it that same day. However, I found the book badly written. It jumps back and forth and has a few grammatical errors in it. Also, the quotes in there seem very fabricated and idealized. It doesn't read as a real story, even though I know it is.
More importantly, I didn't find it inspiring at all. I found the author's tone to be a bit cocky and arrogant, and the book (at least to me) reads as if he's bragging. I read the book a second time - this time from the point of view of most of my students (lower socio-economic status, lower testing levels, little if any motivation), and again, I did not find it at all inspiring. It was almost annoying how perfect his life turned out. For example, the part where he talks about how he was failing a pre-med course and by divine intervention he dreamed all the answers to the final exam and ended up with a 97% on the final just annoyed me. How many people have truly prayed for this to happen, studied hard and still didn't do well? Instances like these happen all throughout the book and left me feeling that even though someone might work hard, unless God throws them a bone here and there, life isn't going to turn out that great.
I'm not trying to take anything away from Mr. Carson's accomplishments. What he has achieved in his life is truly amazing, and I hope more people who lead a life like his continue to write about it to show the world that it can be done and that hard work can pay off. It's just that the way this book is written does not fit my purpose.
One more thing...The book has a strong theme of religion in it. It doesn't bother me personally, but many schools and/or parents may have an issue with that.
You Raise Me Up Jun 10, 2006
Ben Carson had a hard life. He grew up in lower class neighborhoods, didn't have the best grades, had a father who left, and other problems. But Ben's mom was always there for him, encouraging him to try harder. At one point she made Ben and his brother read two books a week from the library and report back to her about them. I think reading is a major part of learning, and I make a habit to put this two books per week thing a rule in my life.
Ben was able to overcome all of that, and become a pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins. This is an amazing feat. There are so few neurosurgeons even, and then when you become further specialized into pediatric neurosurgery, you know you're working with something special.
Dr. Carson has successfully performed surgeries that other doctors won't even attempt, and has saved many little lives. This book is inspirational, would make a great graduation gift, and I recommend it to anyone who's looking for that little extra motivation to accomplish something, whatever it is.