Gifted Hands is an autobiography by Ben Carson, M. Carson is a world-renowned doctor and currently the Chief of Pediatric Neurosugery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In Gifted Hands, Dr. Carson tells the story of his life as it has unfolded to date.
Dr. Carson began his early life as a troubled youth. After his father deserted their family, Ben, his mother, and his older brother Curtis experienced many great hardships. While he excelled academically, he was swayed by his peers, and wanted to fall in with the popular but "bad crowd. Ben also had a quick and violent temper that proved to bring him to a critical turning point in his life.
After graduating from high school, Dr. Carson attended Yale University, where he received his Bachelor's degree. He received his medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School, and then began his formal career by becoming a resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
In 1985, Dr. Carson performed one of the first successful hemispherectomies. This is an operation in which a neurosurgeon removes a quarter or one-half of a person's brain because it isn't functioning properly. Since then, Dr. Carson has performed thousands of hemispherectomies on individuals ranging in age from three months to twenty-one years old.
In 1987, Dr. Carson performed the first successful separation of co-joined twins. The twins were joined at the back of their heads. This was a very complex and delicate task that took five months of preparation prior to the 22 hours of surgery that was needed to complete the operation. This was one of his most widely known and remarkable cases.
In the years following these most notable operations, Dr. Carson has continued his work, and has been a major role model for other doctors, as well as children that have read about his life story.
Dr. Carson's work can be compared and contrasted to the work of other scientists of today. In terms of comparisons, there are many things that Dr.