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Pathologies of Power by Paul Farmer
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Oct 21, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, book-of-substance
Read in January, 2011

Paul Farmer is a doctor who, for the last 20 or so years made his lifes' work helping the poor. In this book Farmer takes on the disconnect between being poor and access to proper health care. He uses case studies to explain his point. Having spent most of his time outside of the United States and in countries like Russia and his favorite place, Haiti and Cuba. He weaves personal stories, case notes and well chosen quotes from poets and influential people to tell the story of these chronically dispossessed people and their plight for health care. He talks about the TB epidemic happening in Russian Prisons and how the Russian government is doing nothing to stop it. He talks about the lack of access to AIDS drugs for those people suffering in his adopted home of Haiti. He urges each and ever person who reads this book to truly question access to health care. And also, to think about this unspoken "war" that drug companies and even countries...including our own-are waging on their poor. A truly great read that will get you thinking, and make you respect this medical prophet. Truly amazing!

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Byenume Fredrick I think it is a human right for every body to access drugs and other medial supplies in an situation or at any place or location. let the global policies be enacted for this purpose.

Rebecca I totally agree. I feel as though proper medical care is a basic human right, and individuals like Farmer and his non-profit organization Partners In Health-are trying to draw this idea to the forefront of global health care and policy change. Quite a great book. If you are interested in reading more about Paul Farmer, you should read Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder-a great biography about Farmer and his life work.

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