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Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader

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For nearly thirty years, anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has traveled to some of the most impoverished places on earth to bring comfort and the best possible medical care to the poorest of the poor. Driven by his stated intent to "make human rights substantial," Farmer has treated patients—and worked to address the root causes of their disease—in Haiti, Boston, ...more
Paperback, 680 pages
Published April 21st 2010 by University of California Press (first published 2010)
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Jul 12, 2010 Tatiana rated it it was amazing
This book is life-changing, in that it has changed the way I think about poor countries and rich countries. Before I read this, I considered people in rich countries to be very fortunate, and our job was to extend the same blessings to people in poor countries, to help them develop themselves the way we had developed ourselves in earlier centuries. I saw us as primarily separate societies, though of course linked by living in one world, and by the bonds of kinship in our human family.

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Dec 09, 2010 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
A very good overview of his work and fairly recent (the essays included span the majority of his career, but it ends with an interview that is right around the publication date). Highly recommend to anyone interested in public health or human rights.

It is long, but is a collection of essays that gives a good idea of the man and his ideas. He explains his views on 'structural violence' better here than in any of his other books. Makes a very solid argument for health as a human right and rallies
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Aug 12, 2010 Hira Chowdhary rated it it was amazing
To be blunt, this book is like my bible. To be less blunt, this book is incredibly insightful and I would recommend it to anyone, especially those aspiring to be doctors, epidemiologist, or those looking to work in Haiti, Boston, Peru, Rwanda, or any developing country with the interest of public health.
Nov 22, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
While Dr Farmer is a hero of mine and much of his thoughts and experiences described in this book are important and interesting, his writing doesn't make for the most compelling reading. The format of a compilation of essays is good and helps emphasize Dr Farmer's compassion, insight, and unrelenting quest for health and social equity.
Jul 13, 2015 Bettina rated it it was amazing
OriginAl revolutionary ideas of health as a right not as a commodity. The practical experience and credibility behind every thought. The compassion for the individual patient , the poor the disadvantaged. Life changing indeed.
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May 31, 2015 Deborah Beamish rated it it was amazing
It took me awhile to get through this book. It is a collection of essays meant more for professional journals. But the effort was well worth it. Paul Farmer is revolutionary in the best sense of the word.
Oct 04, 2010 Einschrein rated it it was amazing
Not a book to read in one sitting - the section on structural violence is particularly illuminating.
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Paul Farmer is a U.S. anthropologist and physician, the Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard University, and an attending physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. In May 2009 he was named chairman of Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. His medical specialty is infectious diseases. ...more
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