Michelle's Reviews > Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World

Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
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Sep 25, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: audio-books, non-fiction, 2008, memoir-bio
Read in October, 2008 , read count: 1

Meet Dr. Paul Farmer: Harvard medical professor, medical anthropologist, infectious disease specialist, doctor and one strong advocate for the poor.

MBM documents Farmer's life and accomplishments, but above all portrays him as a doctor with a world-wide base of patients who cannont afford the most basic neccessities of life.

Farmer established an organization called Partners in Health, that's entire goal is to create (his terms) a Preferential Option for the Poor (O for the P). basically it means putting the needs of the poor above all others since they do not have any way to meet them themselves. PIH has branches in Haiti, Peru, Siberia, and Boston and it's entire purpose is to treat the truly destitute and sick -- free of charge. His story is awe inspiring and the author was able illustrate his character without ever really deifying him. He even documents their arguments! Very interesting story about someone who has dedicated their life to improving the lives of others.

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