The Life of Benjamin S. Carson

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DATE OF BIRTH: 18th sept 1951
PLACE OF BIRTH: detriot,usa

Benjamin S. Carson is an internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon best known for leading a surgical team in a successful operation to separate Siamese twins. He is also recognized for his expertise in performing hemispherectomies , where half the brain is removed to stop seizures. He is the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital as well as assistant professor of neurosurgery, oncology, and pediatrics at the School of Medicine.

Born on September 18, 1951, Benjamin Solomon Carson came from a poor family in Detroit. He was the second son of Robert Solomon Carson, a Baptist minister, and Sonya Copeland Carson. His father was twenty-eight when he married, buthis mother was only thirteen; she married in order to escape a difficult home situation. When Carson was only eight years old and his brother, Curtis, was ten, their parents divorced and his mother took them to live with relativesin a Boston tenement, while she rented out their house in Detroit. Working as many as three domestic jobs at a time, she earned enough money to move herfamily back to Detroit two years later.

Both Carson and his brother had a difficult time in school, and their low grades fanned the racial prejudice against them. But their mother took charge oftheir education, even though she herself had not gone past the third grade.By limiting the television they could watch and insisting they both read twobooks a week and report on them, she helped them raise their grades considerably. Carson discovered he enjoyed learning, and by the time he reached juniorhigh school he had risen from the bottom to the top of his class.

But even then he continued to face racial prejudice; in the eighth grade, helistened to a teacher scold his class for allowing him, a black student, to win an achievement award. These early difficulties left Carson with a violenttemper as a young man. He was often in...
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