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by Tracy Kidder

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Title:Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer
Authors:Tracy Kidder
Info:Random House (2003), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 336 pages
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Tags:biography, Haiti, infectious diseases, Peru, social justice, poverty, AIDS, tb, medicine, public health, saintly docs

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Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder (2003)

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A non fiction after a long time.
More of a set of memoirs from the author's time with the doctor.

Wonderful read. Puts everything that the doctor and his team did in perspective.
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  maheswaranm | Mar 20, 2014 |
This is a powerful book with a fascinating real life main character - Dr. Paul Farmer. I struggled with it at times because Farmer's political views are so antithetical to my own. I admired his passion and persistance in the face of adversity and evil. However, I thought he shared the (in my view) common liberal misconception that evil is something government can cure and replace with Utopia and that evil in the world is usually the fault of the US.
Ultimately, Kidder presents Farmer for what he is - a passionate genius who is also a mere mortal - a flawed man who lives a life of contradictions.
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  Scarchin | Nov 12, 2013 |
compelling story of Paul Farmer's life and what he did to bring medical care to Haiti. He is a tireless & dedicated physician who has devoted his life to helping poor with diseases as AIDS and T.B. He used methods and techniques out of the usual box of medical care and bureaucracy to get things accomplished along with others like Ophelia Dahl. ( )
  suzabelle | Oct 4, 2013 |
This is an excellent biography of Dr. Paul Farmer, a physician who is attempting to eliminate death and disease in the third world. The imagery of the book detailing the heart and bravery of Farmer as he attempts to cure the world, and in particular Haiti, Peru and Russia, by individually treating persons as well as globally addressing the diseases they face, mainly TB and AIDS, as well as the conditions that promote those diseases. ( )
  Amusedbythis | Sep 29, 2013 |
Kidder is a great biographer and his subject, Dr. Paul Farmer, is one of the world's most charismatic, amazing people, committed to fighting disease, poverty, and social injustice the world over. The organization he created, takes a holistic approach to such horrendous epidemics as AIDS and multidrug resistant Tuberculosis. This holistic approach and a clear view of the reality that 3rd world problems are and will increasingly be all of our problems makes this book essential.

Someone really ought to option it for film. What a life. ( )
  Cedric_Rose | Aug 20, 2013 |
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''Mountains Beyond Mountains'' is inspiring, disturbing, daring and completely absorbing. It will rattle our complacency; it will prick our conscience.
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Beyond mountains there are mountains.
--Haitian proverb

. . . And right action is freedom
From past and future also.
For most of us, this is the aim
Never here to be realized;
Who are only undefeated
Because we have gone on trying . . .
--T. S. Eliot
"The Dry Salvages"

For Henry and Tim Kidder
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Six years after the fact, Dr. Paul Edward Farmer reminded me, "We met because of a beheading, of all things."
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0812973011, Paperback)

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 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.”

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A portrait of infectious disease expert Dr. Paul Farmer follows the efforts of this unconventional Harvard genius to understand the world's great health, economic, and social problems and to bring healing to humankind.

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