Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ben Carson is a graduate of Yale...

...and the University of Michigan Medical School. According to his Wikipedia page (I didn't add my usual emphasis because it should all be emphasized):

Carson was a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery, and pediatrics, and he was the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. At age 33, he became the youngest major division director in Johns Hopkins history, as director of pediatric neurosurgery. He was also a co-director of the Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center.

According to Johns Hopkins Hospital literature, “Dr. Carson focuses on traumatic brain injuries, brain and spinal cord tumors, achondroplasia, neurological and congenital disorders, craniosynostosis, epilepsy, and trigeminal neuralgia. He is also interested in maximizing the intellectual potential of every child.”

Carson believes his hand–eye coordination and three-dimensional reasoning skills made him a gifted surgeon. After medical school, he became a neurosurgery resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Starting off as an adult neurosurgeon, Carson became more interested in pediatrics. He believed that with children, “what you see is what you get,... when they’re in pain they clearly show it with a frown on their face or when they are happy they show it by smiling brightly.

In 1987 Carson successfully separated conjoined twins, the Binder twins, who had been joined at the back of the head, making them craniopagus twins. The 50-member surgical team, led by Carson, worked for 22 hours. At the end, the twins were successfully separated and can now survive independently. 

I'd keep going, but I think you get the idea: the guy is brilliant.

So . . . how on earth can that be the same man in the clip above? Dr. Carson really thinks conditions are so dire in this country that there may not even be elections in 2016.

(I'll give you a second to read that again.)

Now if he's not stupid, which he clearly is not, what does that make him? How about (generously) eccentric?

Were you thinking of a different word?

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