Gifted Hands is the life story of Benjamin Solomon "Ben'' Carson, Sr, M.D., (born September 18, 1951).Dr. Carson was an American neurosurgeon and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at John Hopkins Hospital. During the course of his medical career, Dr. Carson recieved several awards. He was awarded the Presidental Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States by President George W. Bush on June 19, 2008.
Dr. Ben Carson use to be the class dummy. When Dr. Carson was in elementary school his classmates called him the class dummy. He began to think they were telling the truth. Today he is one of the world's most brilliant surgeons. Gifted Hands, tells the true story of an angry, young boy from the inner city who, through faith and hard work, grew up to become one of the world's leading pediatric neurosurgeons. Dr. Carson's mother, Ms. Sonya Carson, always told him he could be better than anyone. She always encouraged him to succeed, and Dr. Carson discovered a deep love of learning. Dr. Carson found that anything is possible with trust and determination.
Dr. Carson had a terrible temper. In the seventh grade Dr. Carson hit his friend Jerry with a locker lock in the head. Several months later Dr. Carson did not like a pair of pants his mother purchased. HE became very angry and yelled at her her, befor he knew it Dr. Carson drew back his right arm to swing at his mother. His brother Curtis singed from behind and wrestled him, but the worse temper display was when Dr. Carson stabbed his friend Bob with a knife the only thing that saved him was the blade broke on his ROTC buckle. At that time. Dr. Carson said to himself, " I tried to kill Bob. I tried o kill my friend." After that incident Dr. Carson ran home stayed int he bathroom for hours reading his bible. " Dr. Carson asked God to take the anger away.
One day when Dr. Carson brought home his report card, his mother sad you can do better. She told Dr. Carson and his brother Curtis, they can only watch 3 Tv shows per week. She said they had to read 2 books a week and give her a report on each book. Dr. Carson realized that by reading you can learn anything and be very smart. This changed Dr. Carson's life dramatically.
Dr. Carson developed an interest in science. He read everything he could about science. Dr. Carson , and his teachers, discovered that Dr. Carson had a special gift for learning, especially when he read about something. He used his love of reading to excel in his studies.
Dr.Carson had a great belief in God. Before he performed a surgery, he asks the patient's parents to pray and he prays also. Dr. Carson has performed many surgeries. He is most famous for performing the separation operation for Siemens Twins. In 1987, Dr. Carson made medical history by being the first surgeon in the world to successfully separate Siamese twins, Patrick and Benjamin Binder, conjoined at the back of the head. It took 70 member surgical team, led by Dr. Carson, 22 hours. At the end, the twins were successfully separated. Dr. Carson has done many more surgeries.
Dr. Carson is married to Candy Rustin. He met her at Yale in 1975. She is an accomplished musician. They have three sons, murray, Benjamin Jr., and Rhoeyce.
When Dr. Carson goes out and speaks to students, he uses the term ''THINK BIG.'' When means T-Talent, H-Honesty, I-Insight, N-Nice, K-Knowledge, B-books, I- In-depth Learning, and G-God.
Some of the things I learned from the book Gifted Hands were:
- Never give up
- Believe that you can do anything you put your mind too.
- Trust God
- Don't let others stop you
- Ben's hard work paid off in the long run
- Hard work pays off
- Listen to the people who really love you
- Color does not fine who you are
On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest possible rating, I give this book a 4, Ben Caeson's journey to success was very motivating to me. This book will courage readers to never give up.