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Earl Owen
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3 July 2014
"Born into a family of doctors on the paternal and maternal sides - with a birth defect that no one knew how to deal with, he was given a whopping dose of radiation, before anyone even knew what radiation treatment could do to a body, let alone a baby three days old. Earl Owen s medical parents, aunts and uncles failed to notice that as he grew he walked with a limp and had a very damaged leg. At eleven he endured a year of painful surgeries in an attempt to remedy his damaged bones. Whilst lying in bed in a dungeon room in a hospital over that year he decided he would grow up to be the best surgeon ever, one who would deal delicately and carefully with birth defects and would communicate with patients. Towards the end of that year he also started having daily piano lessons in that hospital and at age 20 had to decide whether to pursue a career as a concert pianist or a surgeon. To say this man is a high achiever barely touches on his gifts and talents. He invented microsurgery (and a number of the lenses that are used in microscopes too), did the first finger replacements on a child (and got kicked out of the hospital for that even though it was successful), headed up the team that completed the first successful hand transplant (that happened to be on a criminal from WA, he had lost his arm in jail), trained the team that completed the first double-hand transplant. He has replaced penises, reversed vasectomies and fallopian tube ligatures. Many people have been able to conceive children because of his revolutionary work. And, he heads up a design company. Designing dentist chairs and the seating in three of the venues at the Sydney Opera House."

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Australia (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857981196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857981196
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,078,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars really interesting 24 Aug 2014
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I'm fascinated by biographies that I can relate to. Recalling operations that are ground breaking, seen on television but not resonating at the time, now making new memories. What a fascinating book, really interesting historically as well as fabulously captivating.
Thank you for recommending this book Auntie Joan!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous personal story! What a contrast. 18 Aug 2014
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Fabulous story. I had just finished reading "A man who must be Obeid", so the contrast of two men who live in the same city is stark and Earl Owen restores my faith in human beings. I was beginning to think that human nature is inherently weak but some people are strong, have principles, compassion, sensitivity and are wonderful human beings. Let's hope there are other principalled people like Earl to take us into the future and less "grubs" like the filthy, disgraceful, corrupt Obeid family and clan.
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for clever people. 16 Jun 2014
By Margery Foss - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoy biographies, and found it very interesting that when the surgical instruments he needed were not available he designed his own and found experts to make them. Professor Owen was an extremely gifted person who used his talents for the benefit of others.
5.0 out of 5 stars FAscinating 11 Mar 2014
By belindaj08 - Published on Amazon.com
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What an interesting read of such a pioneering man. From a difficult
childhood to a challenging adulthood. I'd thoroughly recommend this.
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