Book Review – Ordinary Miracles

Ordinary Miracles: My Incredible Spiritual, Artistic and Scientific Journey by Sir Rupert A.L. Perrin, M.D. with Kristin J. Johnson


Dr. Rupert Perrin, affectionately referred to as “Sir Rupert,” arrived in the United States from Jamaica in 1959 with courage, determination and a high sense of purpose, and was able to harness the mysteries of science for the betterment of man’s fate and destiny. Dr. Perrin’s boundless optimism and burning desire to succeed achieved break-throughs such as the first pregnancy test and Neopterin, which transformed our treatment of the HIV virus. As spiritually uplifting and illuminating as Dr. Perrin’s beloved art collection, Ordinary Miracles: My Incredible Spiritual, Artistic and Scientific Journey interweaves medical history, Jamaican childhood escapades, struggles with diabetes and racism, art history, and the humorous reminiscences of a man deeply rooted in his faith and his past. Dr. Perrin’s life and achievements testify to the fact that the American Dream of equality and opportunity is still realizable in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

“I was especially touched by [Dr. Perrin’s] sense of humility and his tendency to give credit to others, from his strong spiritual background to the important role that his grandmother played in his life. I certainly agree with him that we become what we believe.” -Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III. President, UMBC

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