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Second Suns: Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Livesby David Oliver Relin
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From the co-author of Three Cups of Tea comes the inspiring story of two very different doctors — one from the United States, the other from Nepal — united in a common mission: to rid the world of preventable blindness.
In this transporting book, David Oliver Relin shines a light on the work of Geoffrey Tabin and Sanduk Ruit, gifted ophthalmologists who have dedicated their lives to restoring sight to some of the world’s most isolated, impoverished people through the Himalayan Cataract Project, an organization they founded in 1995. Tabin was the high-achieving bad boy of Harvard Medical School, an accomplished mountain climber and adrenaline junkie as brilliant as he was unconventional. Ruit grew up in a remote Nepalese village, where he became intimately acquainted with the human costs of inadequate access to health care. Together they found their life’s calling: tending to the afflicted people of the Himalayas, a vast mountainous region with an alarmingly high incidence of cataract blindness.
Second Suns takes us from improvised plywood operating tables in villages without electricity or plumbing to state-of-the-art surgical centers at major American universities where these two driven men are restoring sight — and hope — to patients from around the world. With their revolutionary, inexpensive style of surgery, Tabin and Ruit have been able to cure tens of thousands—all for about twenty dollars per operation. David Oliver Relin brings the doctors’ work to vivid life through poignant portraits of patients helped by the surgery, from old men who cannot walk treacherous mountain trails unaided to cataract-stricken children who have not seen their mothers’ faces for years. With the dexterity of a master storyteller, Relin shows the profound emotional and practical impact that these operations have had on patients’ lives.
Second Suns is the moving, unforgettable story of how two men with a shared dream are changing the world, one pair of eyes at a time.
"Two ophthalmologists — Geoffrey Tabin in the US and his Nepal-based mentor, Sanduk Ruit — form the heart of this book, as Relin explores both men's decision to eradicate curable blindness with a particular focus in helping the people of the Himalayas. The book's contents will likely be overshadowed by the author's November 2011 suicide, as well as the controversies surrounding the accuracy of his previous co-authored best-seller, Three Cups of Tea. That's a shame, since Relin left behind a well-crafted, moving, and thought-provoking meditation on two men determined to implement the 'single most effective medical intervention on earth' for as many of the world's poor as they could. Relin's portraits of the manic Tabin and the more resolute Ruit are captivating, and their odd-couple friendship is particularly interesting to read, creating a far more vivid portrait than the typical 'living saint' approach. This book will leave readers not just in awe of the work Ruit and Tabin do, but also of the possibilities for earth-changing work available to any who are sufficiently determined. (June)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
From the co-author of Three Cups of Tea comes the inspiring story of two very different doctors — one from the United States, the other from Nepal — who unite in a common mission: to rid the world of preventable blindness.
In this transporting book, David Oliver Relin shines a light on the work of doctors Geoffrey Tabin and Sanduk Ruit, who have dedicated their lives to eradicating preventable blindness through the Himalayan Cataract Project, a nonprofit organization they founded in 1995. Relin takes us from improvised plywood operating tables in the farthest reaches of Nepal to state-of-the-art surgical centers to village hospitals in Africa where these driven men are restoring sight — and hope — to patients around the world. With their revolutionary, inexpensive style of surgery, Tabin and Ruit have been able to cure tens of thousands — all for less than twenty-five dollars per operation. Relin brings to vivid life many of these patients, from women who need their eyesight so that they can work as seamstresses and feed their families to old men who cannot walk treacherous mountain trails unaided to cataract-stricken children who have not seen their mothers’ faces for years. Second Suns is the unforgettable story of how two men with a shared dream are changing the world, one pair of eyes at a time.
About the Author
David Oliver Relin is the co-author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea, which has been translated into more than two dozen languages. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Kiriyama Prize and a James A. Michener Fellowship. He died in November 2012.
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