What Is a Book Summary of "Gifted Hands"?

"Gifted Hands" is an autobiography about the life and accomplishments of Ben Carson, a talented pediatric neurosurgeon. Ben Carson grew up in inner city Detroit, Michigan, and overcame both poverty and tragedy in his young life to become the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

According to "Gifted Hands," Ben was born in 1951 and had poor grades and little motivation as a young student. Ben's father left the family when Ben was a young child, and Ben grew up without his father's influence. While his mother, Sanya, was uneducated herself, she always encouraged her children to read and participate in school. His mother instilled Christian values in him and pushed him to do his best. Through pure determination and the positive support of his mother, Ben turned his grades around and later attended Yale on a scholarship.

Ben knew that he wanted to be a doctor one day and he remained focused on his studies and excelled at Yale. While at Yale, Ben met his wife Candy and later continued on to medical school at Michigan State University. After developing an interest in neurosurgery, he transferred to Johns Hopkins to finish his education. He became the Director of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins at age 33 and is famous for his groundbreaking work with conjoined twins.