Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World
Mountains Beyond Mountains The Quest of Dr Paul Farmer a Man Who Would Cure the World Author:Tracy Kidder Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, and Home Town. He has been described by the Baltimore Sun as the 'master of the non-fiction narrative.' This powerful and inspiring new book shows how one person can ... more »make a difference, as Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who is in love with the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.
At the center of Mountains Beyond Mountains stands Paul Farmer. Doctor, Harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, the recipient of a MacArthur 'genius' grant, world-class Robin Hood, Farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life's calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. This magnificent book shows how radical change can be fostered in situations that seem insurmountable, and it also shows how a meaningful life can be created, as Farmer 'brilliant, charismatic, charming, both a leader in international health and a doctor who finds time to make house calls in Boston and the mountains of Haiti' blasts through convention to get results.
Mountains Beyond Mountains takes us from Harvard to Haiti, Peru, Cuba, and Russia as Farmer changes minds and practices through his dedication to the philosophy that 'the only real nation is humanity' - a philosophy that is embodied in the small public charity he founded, Partners In Health. He enlists the help of the Gates Foundation, George Soros, the U.N.'s World Health Organization, and others in his quest to cure the world. At the heart of this book is the example of a life based on hope, and on an understanding of the truth of the Haitian proverb 'Beyond mountains there are mountains': as you solve one problem, another problem presents itself, and so you go on and try to solve that one too.
'Mountains Beyond Mountains unfolds with the force of a gathering revelation,' says Annie Dillard, and Jonathan Harr says, '[Farmer] wants to change the world. Certainly this luminous and powerful book will change the way you see it.'« less
Dr. Paul Farmer is an amazing man. In this well-written book by a Harvard journalist, we read the readable story of "Dr. Paul." While a student at Harvard Medical School, Farmer opened a clinic for the poor in Haiti. He endures what many of us would find to be horrible conditions to provide great medical care to those who can pay nothing. Farmer also shows how one man can take on the WHO to treat those with Multi-Drug Resistant TB. Fair Warning: reading this book will make you feel you do too little for others.
loved this book, very inspiring. He is amazing to read about, and it's very inspiring how Dr Farmer gives his whole life to helping the people of haiti and improving healthcare. I highly recommend this book.
An excellent look at Dr. Paul Farmer and his international health work centered around Haiti, Peru and Russia, with emphasis on multiple disease resistant TB. I requested this book because I admire and enjoy the work of Tracy Kidder, but found Farmer to be facinating.
This book moved me, fascinated me, made me feel more than a little selfish. Now I buy it for all my students who are considering medicine (and Rural Studio books for all my students considering architecture).
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I love Dr. Farmer's work and appreciate learning more about PIH. However, this is not a biography. This is an ode to a person who has the guts to live by the standards he believes in. The author is too involved with the subject to present any kind of objectivity. He often speaks as if he believes himself a lesser being than Dr. Farmer. The entire book feels like Kidder relaying a wonderful anecdote. I did not see much evidence of him looking through sources other than the trips he tagged along in or the interviews he made, interviewing people other than Farmer's friends and allies. Makes it an easy read...but I wouldn't assume it is entirely accurate.
Worth reading because you believe in what Farmer, Dahl and Kim are trying to do and having one side of the story is enough for you.
Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2012/01/mountains-beyond-mountains-quest-of-dr.html
Mountains Beyond Mountains - The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Would Cure The World is the inspiring story of Dr. Paul Farmer, an American medical anthropologist and physician. He is one of the founder of Partners In Health. The organization began in an effort to bring medical facilities to the poor in the central plains of Haiti. It has grown into a worldwide health organization. It made possible the treatment of diseases like AIDS and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis for the poorest of the populations in many parts of the world including Haiti, Peru, and Russia.
This book tells the story of Dr. Farmer's passion and his work. In addition, it tells the story of Dr. Farmer, the individual as he struggles to balance personal and family needs with the needs of his work.
The book, as a book, accomplished what it set out to do. It brought to life an inspirational story. The individuals come to life. Some of the medical cases are heart wrenching. Some of the situations described can be beyond understanding if you have never experienced a part of the world where such poverty exists. I have to say I did skim through parts. I was awed by the magnitude of what they overcame and the magnitude of what they accomplished. I got that understanding even while skimming the book.
As a story, the book is inspirational. It reminds us of the amazing things one person - or a small group of dedicated people - can accomplish. Dr. Farmer and his colleagues have truly changed the lives of the population they serve. They started with the knowledge that something needed to be done. And they did it. Many times, they did it at the expense of their personal lives. They continue to work for their mission day in and day out following Dr. Farmer's philosophy that "the only real nation is humanity."