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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, Pe ...more
Paperback, 680 pages
Published April 21st 2010 by University of California Press (first published 2010)
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Jul 11, 2010 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.

But this bo
Nov 17, 2010 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
Jul 10, 2013 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.
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: medical-empathy
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.
Deborah Beamish
May 10, 2015 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.
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Not a book to read in one sitting - the section on structural violence is particularly illuminating.
Tom Holland
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love all things Paul Farmer and greatly enjoy his books.
Wesley Carman
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hb, ju, r, u, y
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Paul Farmer is Professor of Medical Anthropology at Harvard Medical School and Founding Director of Partners In Health. Among his books are Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues (1999), The Uses of Haiti (1994), and AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame (1992). Farmer is the winner of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award and the Margaret Mead Award for his contributions ...more

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