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

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

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by Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520271181

ISBN-13: 9780520271180

Pub. Date: 10/01/2011

Publisher: University of California Press

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

Overview

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. Q is 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520271180
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
835,103
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Seeking Terra Firma

PART I. Stargazing
1. Starry Nights
2. Faraway
3. The Kaliman Maneuver
4. Lessons from the Fields

PART II. Harvesting
5. Courting Destiny
6. Green Eyes
7. From Harvest to Harvard
8.
In the Land of Giants
9. Question the Rules and When Possible Make Your Own
10. Brainstorm

PART III. Becoming Dr. Q
11. Hopkins
12. Gray Matter
13. Seeing the Light
14. Finding the Steel in Your Soul

Epilogue: When the Sun Comes Up Acknowledgments

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Becoming Dr. Q 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Bleeta More than 1 year ago
This book reads like a well written novel, but is a TRUE life story. This is the most inspirational autobiography I have ever read! It's an autobiography that demonstrates powerfully ALL the principles for SUCESS, even in the face of great difficulties and with few material resources! Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa should be commended for sharing his amazing life story with the world!! It truly "should be read by ALL high schoolers and college students". My wife & I gave copies to several of our friends & relatives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book cover to cover being a high school student who heard about Dr. Q's story. It made me appreciate how fortunate and to the extent many of us take for granted the american dream that is right in front of us with endless potential. A great read for anyone who needs that extra boost of inspiration to realize that their dreams are possible with dedication and passion.
Lorjim More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I met Dr. Q in December of 2009 when he performed surgery on my son for a removal of a brain tumor. He was so compassionate and treated my son as though he were the only patient he had at that time. I knew a little about how he came to America but had no idea of all the trials he went through to get his citizenship and to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor. He is so dedicated to his profession and hosts a get-together with former patients every year so he can remain in touch with them. Dr. Q is remarkable and his story is something everyone should read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amaising book, it make me cry at times. As I was reading the story I was remembering some episodes of my life. I admire Dr. Q not only because he has suffer descrimination an economic disadvantages, but because he has overcome those obstacles and more. He is an excellent human been looking for not less than excellence on all he does. En hora buena hermano, te mereces toda la gloria. With love and admiration, Mr. Q.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In 12th grade english we were to do a ethnography and my group picked brain surgeons and so i picked this book for my research. this book was very knowlageble in helping me with my project. it showed me how this little boy of a poor family with big dreams of being a supper hero became a brain surgeon after his familys hard strugles i deffinitly recommend this book it was prety good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DR. Q Its an inspiration to everyone.
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DrCVS More than 1 year ago
The story of Dr. Quiñonez-Hinojosa is one of the most inspiring accounts ever. Becoming Dr. Q will inspire anyone to be the best in any chosen path.
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Rponce123 More than 1 year ago
This book is great.This book is really interested and once you start reading it you cant stop reading it. I recommend this book to everyone but i highly recommend it to teens especially if you come from mexican roots you will be able to understand how everything is possible ! MUST READ THIS BOOK !
SamaritansHouse More than 1 year ago
Who paid for a migrant worker's college education at Berkley and Harvard? Did a migrant worker receive a "free" college education in California using a taxpayer scholarship paid by a plumber or electrician who could not afford to pay for their own college? Business success is often dependent on obtaining credit or funding to start a business. Giving a free college education to a migrant worker in one state is not fair to a natural citizen of another state who may have to compete with an illegal immigrant who received a free college education paid by taxpayers in another state. Indiana amd Georgia provide free college for high school students but North Carolina does not. A Georgia citizen can move to North Carolina with their free Georgia college education and take a job a North Carolina citizen can not obtain without a college education.