Second Suns

Second Suns

Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives

Book - 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 through their Himalayan Cataract Project.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2013
ISBN: 9781400069255
Characteristics: x, 415 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Dec 16, 2013

Stunning work. Inspirational story of how two doctors were able to realize their dream of bringing sight to many of the world's impoverished people, for whom sight was life - for themselves as well as for their caregivers (if they had them). How did two people from very different backgrounds and corners of the world make it happen? How did they counter pressure from their own profession, colleagues, seniors? David Oliver Relin tells the tale in a very personal, meaningful way. We hear the same thoughtful, lyrical voice he used when co-authoring Three Cups of Tea, about the mission to bring schools to the same mountainous regions. So many lines speak to the heart as well as the mind. We learn intimately about the lives, customs and spiritual traditions of some of the people in the locations where Drs. Ruit and Tabin concentrated their efforts ... and spread them out as well by training others and creating their own intra-ocular lens manufacturing centre.

I was deeply saddened to learn that the author died at age 49, by taking his own life. He gave us so much in his short time here, and for that I am very thankful.

hgeng63 Oct 15, 2013

Yes, both the doctors & their quest to restore the eyesight & lives of poor people are worthy, but the bk itself is too long. The author seems to be in love with the sound of his own voice.

Jul 20, 2013

Moving, unforgettable story of how two men with a share dream are changing the world, one pair of eyes at a time, has many as 82 a day..., a great book - learned a lot from it, well written. I loved and recommended it.

Jul 11, 2013

I was fascinated and humbled to read the story of Drs. Sanduk Ruit and Geoffrey Tabin and how they have directly and indirectly already been involved in saving the eyesight of over 2,000,000 people in third world countries. I was especially impressed by Dr. Ruit, who was born in a tiny village high in the Himalayas and was sent to India for schooling. I had never heard of their efforts before I heard of this book, and I think that their efforts should become more widely known so that they can multiply their efforts.

The book is somewhat choppily written...a lot of the book is devoted to Tabin, his path to becoming a doctor and his involvement with Ruit, than about Ruit and the development by Ruit of a super-fast way of removing cataracts (well under 10 minutes for the whole operation) and the expansion of the program. I would have liked to know more about both of those, but I think that it was probably harder to get Ruit to take time to talk to the author. I strongly recommend that others read this book to hear of the amazing efforts of the NGO the Himalayan Cataract Project. It has expanded to other countries, including Ethiopia, and surgeons have also gone to other parts of Africa, China, and North Korea, all places where with a simple surgery to remove cataracts (in children as well as adults) blindness can be eliminated in many cases.

I was saddened to learn about the death of the author.

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