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Book Review: Gifted Hands

on December 29, 2012

I was actually recommended to read this book by my 16 year old nephew so I figured if he enjoyed it, it could be worth a read!

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 – (taken from the flyleaf of the book)

Overall, the book for me was a satisfying yet challenging biographical story of Doctor Carson’s life and, more particularly, the lives he can save through his talents as a neurosurgeon.

Although I didn’t particularly enjoy reading through some of the surgical procedures he had to describe in the various stories, it was still amazing to read a first-hand account of what actually goes on in such operations and just how horrid deficits and disabilities can actually be righted and the people can start to live a “normal” life again.

I think I really enjoyed reading the stories about the children’s lives he helped, the most.

The letter from his mother, Sonya Carson, as the preface to the book was also a nice touch, particularly in her sharing of a wonderful poem by Mayme White Miller:

“Yourself to Blame”

If things go bad for you –
And make you a bit ashamed,
Often you will find out that
You have yourself to blame …

Swiftly we ran to mischief
And then the bad luck came.
Why do we fault others?
We have ourselves to blame …

Whatever happens to us
Here are the words to say,
“Had it not been for so-and-so
Things wouldn’t have gone that way.”

And if you’re short of friends,
I’ll tell you what to do –
Make an examination,
You’ll find that fault’s in you …

You’re the captain of your ship,
So agree with the same –
If you travel downward,
You have yourself to blame.

The person who has the most to do with what happens to you, is you!”- Sonya Carson

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One response to “Book Review: Gifted Hands

  1. Carm says:

    I may have to look into this book to read it myself one day when I get around to buying it 🙂 sounds very interesting.

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