Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

  • by Ben Carson, M.D., Cecil Murphey
  • Narrated by Dion Graham
  • 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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, to the directorship of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
Today, Dr. Ben Carson holds 20 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.


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Dr. Carson's story is interesting and inspirational and well-read by one of my favorite narrators, Dion Graham. However, it was more about god than medicine. Dr. Carson worked very very hard to gain his skills as a neurosurgeon. He had a lot of help along the way, especially from his mother. And much of his skill and talent were gained on the backs of his predecessors. About one third of the book is about his faith - he is a Seventh Day Adventist. He gives god all the credit instead of his hard work and the help of actual human beings. He is very sincere, but it is hard for me to believe that such and intelligent and gifted man gives an imaginary friend credit for each success he has. If a patient dies, well, "It's god's will". I also read that he doesn't accept evolution. How can a brilliant scientist, who did research on rabbits not understand the essential essential concept of evolution? If you are religious, you will probably enjoy this book. As a non-believer, I got really tired of all the religious references. It would have been fine for him to mention his faith, but he beats you to death with it.

This book should be described and listed as a inspirational and religious book, as that is what it is. I'm sure Dr. Carson is a fine man and an excellent doctor, but he should stick to doctoring - or maybe start preaching.
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- C. Beaton


Carson tells about his youth growing up in a poor black neighborhood in Detroit. Apparently when he was eight years old he decided he wanted to become a physician. He speaks highly of his mother keeping him on track toward his goal. He tells of going to Yale and feeling he did not belong there amongst the wealthy students. He went on to the University of Michigan for his medical school. He is one of eleven African Americans to become a board certified neurosurgeon. He became head of pediatric neurosurgery at John Hopkins University hospital. In 1987 he became famous for successfully separating conjoined twins. The Binder Twins had been joined at the back of the head.

Carson writes openly about his faith and the Seventh Day Adventist church he belongs to. Carson has won many awards including the 2008 Presidential Medal of Freedom presented to him by President George W. Bush. He has written six books and many professional articles for medical journals, and since 2013 writes a column for the Washington Times. In 2009 there was a made for television movie about Ben Carson’s life shown on the TNT channel. The book was co-written with Cecil Murphy and Dion Graham narrated the book.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-20-2011
  • Publisher: Zondervan