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Second Suns: Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives

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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.

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Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385359894
Subtitle:
Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives
Publisher:
Random House Audio
Author:
Relin, David Oliver
Subject:
Medical
Subject:
Biography/Medical
Edition Description:
Eight CD
Publication Date:
20350101
Binding:
CD-audio
Language:
English

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Biography » General
Biography » Medical
History and Social Science » Sociology » Disease and Health Issues

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"Synopsis" by , 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.

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