PBS Profiles Ben Carson


(system) #1

The PBS' Religion and Ethics show rebroadcast their interview with Seventh-day Adventist Pediatric Neurosurgeon Ben Carson. He talks about some of his work with underprivileged kid and the number of Americans without health care. Did you know that Dr. Carson is a cancer survivor?

BOB ABERNETHY, anchor: We have a report today about one of the most prominent pediatric neurosurgeons in the world: Dr. Ben Carson. He's probably best known for his surgeries to separate conjoined twins. Carson talks about his work and his Seventh-day Adventist faith in a new book out this month called TAKE THE RISK. Kim Lawton reports.

KIM LAWTON: Ben Carson knows a lot about risk. As one of the leading pediatric neurosurgeons in the world, Carson makes life and death decisions nearly every day, and he has gained international fame for his work separating twins joined at their heads. Carson believes risk can be a good thing. But he says most Americans are obsessed with security.

Dr. BEN CARSON (Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions): A lot of people simply don't realize their potential because they're just so risk adverse. They just don't want to take the risk.

LAWTON: Carson is a committed Seventh-day Adventist. He says when he makes his own risk assessments, he seeks guidance from God.

Dr. CARSON: I pray before I go into the operating room for every case, and I ask him to give me wisdom, to help me to know what to do -- and not only for operating, but for everything.

Click here to watch the show and read the rest of the transcript.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/966