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

ISBN: 9780520271180 | 0520271181
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Pub. Date: 10/1/2011

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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 19-year-old undocumented migrant worker toiling in the tomato fields of central California. In this gripping memoir, Alfredo Qui#xF1;ones-Hinojosa tells his amazing life story--a remarkable odyssey not without controversy. Dr. Q takes us from his impoverished childhood in the tiny village of Palaco, Mexico to his harrowing border crossing, to 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. Qis a testament to resilience, 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. Ultimately, Dr. Q's extraordinary journey is a celebration of our common humanity, written by a man who has found a way to give back to the country that has given him so much.


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