Gifted Hands by Ben Carson M.D.

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Ben Carson did a magnificent job of writing a life story about himself.
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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. 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 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 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 directorship of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. 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.


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Cecil Murphey, author of 112 books, has also assisted well-known personalities in writing their biographies. Dr. Benjamin Carson is a Professor of Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Oncology, and Pediatrics, and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He is also the author of four bestselling books---Gifted Hands, Think Big, The Big Picture, and Take the Risk. He serves on the boards of the Kellogg Company, Costco Wholesale Corp., and the Academy of Achievement, among others, and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Yale Corporation. He and his wife, Candy, co-founded the Carson Scholars Fund (, a 501(c)3 established to counteract America's crisis in education by identifying and rewarding academic role models in the 4th through 11th grades, regardless of race, creed, religion and socio-economic status, who also demonstrate humanitarian qualities. There are over 4800 scholars in 45 states. Ben and Candy are the parents of three grown sons and reside in Baltimore County, Maryland. SPANISH BIO: El Dr. Benjamin Carson es profesor de neurocirugia, cirugia plastica, oncologia y pediatria, y director de neurocirugia pediatrica en las Instituciones Medicas John Hopkins. Tambien es autor de tres libros, exitos de ventas: Gifted Hands. Piense en grande, y The Big Picture. Sirve en las juntas directivas de Kellogg Company , Costo, Wholesale Corp y American Promise, entre otras, y es Miembro Emerito de la Yale Corporacion. El y su esposa Candy son padres de tres hijos adultos y viven en el condado de Baltimore, Maryland.
Published April 19, 2011 by Zondervan. 232 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books. Non-fiction
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on Feb 16 2007

The miracle and mystery of how God could use this man to deliver these people from their worst nightmares amazed me.

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Reviewed by Ashley B on Mar 22 2014

I love this book because it ­reminds me of my own life, ­except for some obvious ­differences. It will inspire you just like it did me.

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Ben Carson did a magnificent job of writing a life story about himself.

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This book is an exciting, motivating autobiography about a man who lives to help others.

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