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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

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    A very interesting book. It's not the type I normally read, but

    A very interesting book. It's not the type I normally read, but I gave it a chance and am glad I did. The story moves quickly and is incredibly interesting. The contrast of operating in make-shift operating rooms versus the high tech operating rooms in the U.S. is enthralling.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

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    Second Suns is a remarkable book about two doctors (one from the

    Second Suns is a remarkable book about two doctors (one from the U.S. and one from Nepal) who restore sight to the impoverished. The beauty is in the detail of the stories. Highly recommended.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    Sec­ond Suns: Two Doc­tors and Their Amaz­ing Quest to Restore S

    Sec­ond Suns: Two Doc­tors and Their Amaz­ing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives by David Oliver Relin is a non-fiction account of two oph­thal­mol­o­gists who are work­ing to alle­vi­ate blind­ness in third world coun­tries. Mr. Relin was the author of a sim­i­lar book, Three Cups of Tea, and trag­i­cally com­mit­ted sui­cide after the book’s valid­ity was dis­cred­ited (the rea­sons for the sui­cide are unclear).

    The book is an easy to read nar­ra­tive of two doc­tors from two com­pletely sep­a­rate lives who work together by per­form­ing cataract surgery in the Himalayas. Dr. San­duk Ruit is a Nepali doc­tor who pio­neered the small-incision cataract surgery using inex­pen­sive (not cheap) lenses. Geof­frey Tabin is an Amer­i­can liv­ing on the edge of what is con­sid­ered accept­able in soci­ety. Tabin, at first, left Har­vard to go moun­tain climb­ing but jointed force with Dr. Ruit.

    The author doesn’t present the two doc­tors as flaw­less heroes, but as flawed human beings who are doing an extra­or­di­nary ser­vice to make a dif­fer­ence in a remote part of the world. The doc­tors founded the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) which is still work­ing to this day to “erad­i­cate pre­ventable and cur­able blind­ness through high-quality oph­thalmic care, edu­ca­tion and the estab­lish­ment of a world-class eye care infrastructure”.

    While read­ing the amaz­ing story of the two doc­tors, the author also delves into the cul­ture, reli­gion, moun­tain climb­ing and land­scapes of the Himalayas. The book is well writ­ten, fast paced, inspir­ing and enjoy­able touch­ing on an impor­tant sub­ject which should be the topic of con­ver­sa­tion in many places, but sadly isn’t.

    Dis­claimer: I got this book for free.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    On my to read list.

    I have met Geoff Tabin while on a climbing trip. He's an amazing person.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Hannah

    She wraps her arms around him as they rubed and kissed. We shall continue tomarrow afternoon. Gtgtb.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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