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How does growing up without a father impact the author? What father figures does he rely on throughout his life? How does his experience without a father impact his ability to be a good parent?
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What does the author know about his mother's mental condition while he is growing up? How does the author feel about his mother, once he learns of her psychological struggles? How might the author's perception of his mother change, as he learns more about the brain?
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What experiences lead the author to wanting to become a doctor? What challenges must he overcome to reach his goal? How is he able to maintain his determination throughout his early life and career?
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How does the author change when he transfers to a predominately Black school in the eighth grade? How are his peers similar to his old...
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When Ben Carson was young, he lacked motivation and hadterrible grades. He grew up without a father, and as he got older, developed adreadful temper that could have landed him in jail. Ben's mother, though,convinced him he could make something of his life. Pure determination pulled Benfrom the bottom of his class to the top. He continued to soar through high schooland was awarded a scholarship to Yale University. He then attended the Universityof Michigan Medical School and at age 33, became the director of pediatricneurosurgery.
Today, Dr. Ben Carson holds 20 honorary doctorates. Heshares his experiences with racism and his attempts to fight prejudice, as wellas breathtaking stories in the operating room and surgeries that made headlinesaround the world. One amazing case was when he separated Siamese twins joined atthe head in 22 hours of surgery. He has worked medical miracles and saved manylives.
This book is an exciting, motivating autobiography about a man wholives to help others. Today, he's one of the world's most renowned neurosurgeons.Gifted Hands is filled with fascinating case histories and delivers a powerfulmessage about never giving up on goals and to "think big."
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