Becoming Dr. Q: My Journey from Migrant Farm Worker to Brain Surgeon

ISBN-10: 0520274563
ISBN-13: 9780520274563
Edition: 2012
Description: Today he is known as Dr. Q, an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting-edge research to cure brain cancer. But not too long ago, he was Freddy, a nineteen-year-old undocumented migrant worker toiling in the tomato  More...
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Copyright Year: 2012
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.606
Language: English

Today he is known as Dr. Q, an internationally renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist who leads cutting-edge research to cure brain cancer. But not too long ago, he was Freddy, a nineteen-year-old undocumented migrant worker toiling in the tomato fields of central California. In this gripping memoir, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa tells his amazing life story--from his impoverished childhood in the tiny village of Palaco, Mexico, to his harrowing border crossing and his transformation from illegal immigrant to American citizen and gifted student at the University of California at Berkeley and at Harvard Medical School. Packed with adventure and adversity--including a few terrifying brushes with death--Becoming Dr. Qis a testament to persistence, hard work, the power of hope and imagination, and the pursuit of excellence. It's also a story about the importance of family, of mentors, and of giving people a chance.

Prologue: Seeking Terra Firma
Stargazing
Starry Nights
Faraway
The Kaliman Maneuver
Lessons from the Fields
Harvesting
Courting Destiny
Green Eyes
From Harvest to Harvard
In the Land of Giants
Question the Rules and When Possible Make Your Own
Brainstorm
Becoming Dr. Q
Hopkins
Gray Matter
Seeing the Light
Finding the Steel in Your Soul
Epilogue: When the Sun Comes Up
Acknowledgments

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