Ben Carson: ‘I’m the luckiest person I ever met’ (Fortune Classic 1992)


Fortune

Ben Carson was a neurosurgeon long before he was a budding politician and now political candidate after declaring his candidacy for president on Monday. In 1992, Patricia Sellers profiled the man as part of a collection of nine successful people who survived childhood traumas and tragedies. Here’s what she found:

Ben Carson, 40 — His are the hands that doodled and danced aimlessly on elementary school tests, threatened his mother with a hammer, and stabbed a friend whose belt buckle deflected the knife.

The same hands have since saved many lives. As one of the world’s leading pediatric neurosurgeons, Carson has developed and performed several surgical procedures for children suffering from brain tumors and chronic seizures. In his most acclaimed operation, Carson, chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, led a team of 70 doctors, nurses, and technicians in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back…

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