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Second Suns: Two Doctors and Their Amazing…

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

by David Oliver Relin

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Recommend. Great narrator (audiobook). If this book had been about Sanduk Ruit only, I think I'd have given it 4-stars... from a hard childhood and sad sibling deaths this boy Sanduk figures out his goal in life is to rid countries of unnecessary blindness - the rest of the story shows a slightly overbearing but single-minded adventure in making this goal come true. Awesome, though it's kinda hard to read about his rigidness. Anyway, unfortunately there's another person involved, Captain America... oh, wait, I mean... Geoffrey Tabin, who just makes me embarrassed to be an American... a condensed caricature of insufferable american privilege, the fawning, gushing, adulation from the author is cringe-worthy. It's really really hard to read and the gushing goes on seemingly for-ever... why, smart-as-Einstein Mr Tabin does magic tricks for little kids while rescuing common peasants and leaping over buildings in his tennis shorts (ah, but wait, his shorts are wrinkled... how unconventional he is!). Anyway, if you can get through that then this book really is quite incredible - makes me want to learn more about the project (which I'm sure is the idea). ( )
  marshapetry | Sep 23, 2015 |
what an amazing and inspiring book this was - a non-fiction account of two ophthalmologists, doctor sanduk ruit, a nepalese physician who developed and perfected a quick and inexpensive surgery that revolutionized the curing of preventable blindness in parts of the developing world, and american doctor geoffrey tabin, hyperactive mountain climber and graduate of harvard who joined with dr. ruit to create the himmalayan cataract project.

the story of these two brilliant and compassionate men and their histories and work was eloquently presented by david oliver relin who spent significant time with them, even helping at the clinic with non-medical tasks and accompanying them on mountain climbs, joining them at their homes and in nepal and rwanda -

i am so glad to have learned of these men and their work and was sad to learn that the author passed away before this was published as he blessed the world with a beautiful book - ( )
  njinthesun | Jan 25, 2015 |
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Second Suns discusses the work of two doctors, one American and one Nepalese, on the astonishing Himalayan Cataract Project, which has to be one of the most amazing bang-for-the-buck medical programs in the world. For about $20 USD, they can perform cataract surgeries to restore sight to people stricken with cataracts at young ages, sometimes in childhood.

The book discusses each doctor’s work individually, providing background and context, as well as the work of the project. I found Dr. Tabin (the American) to be somewhat irritating, and the sections focused on him in the US were the weakest part of the book for me. Dr. Ruit was much more compelling, and the discussion of the work of the project in Nepal itself was truly riveting - working in astonishingly primitive conditions, with little equipment, and managing to restore sight in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost of what Western hospitals would require. Astonishingly, after a few years the CHP actually began to run out of easy cases in Nepal, and began to venture farther afield, to Bhutan and Africa and even North Korea. (The first place I had heard about the CHP was in a documentary about North Korea, talking about the Nepalese doctors visiting the country for a few weeks to restore people’s sight.)

This is inspiring and encouraging in the same way that Three Cups of Tea was for many people, with the additional virtue of taking fewer liberties with the truth. ( )
  lorax | Aug 5, 2014 |
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I received this book through Library Things's Early Reviewer program...a year ago. It came and promptly got lost on the bookshelf. There was always another book I wanted to read first. Finally, I picked it up this past week. Goodness, I am an idiot. This book is wonderful! In it, the author, David Oliver Relin, follows Dr. Geoffrey Tabin and Dr. Sanduk Ruit as they work to eradicate preventable blindness through their organization, the Himalayan Cataract Project. Their organization reaches out to the poorest of peoples in the Himalayas and Africa, performing inexpensive yet effective surgeries which cost less than $25 each. This book follows their work, introducing us to the people whose lives have been improved thanks to the doctors' efforts.

I highly recommend this book, especially if you're feeling depressed about the state of the world. It restores your faith in humanity knowing people like this are out there.
  Kadi1120 | Feb 21, 2014 |
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A truly beautiful, well written book about the work of doctors Geoffrey Tabin and Sanduk Ruit whose eye surgeries have changed the lives of thousands of men, women and children living with a preventable form of blindness. It is both realistic and inspiring. Highly recommended!
  AmronGravett | Dec 26, 2013 |
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Documents the inspiring story of a partnership between an American and Nepali doctor to provide eyesight-saving treatments to tens of thousands of patients throughout the world, from cataract-stricken children and blind laborer to elderly patients who live near dangerous mountain trails.… (more)

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