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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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RGG: Both a memoir about Paul Farmer, a courageous ally, and an expose about the state of medical aid for the world's poor.
  rgruberhighschool | Aug 15, 2016 |
Interesting look at the problems being faced in other places/cultures. ( )
  add_dragon | Mar 26, 2016 |
I've been saving this until I really needed a book this good. I'm glad I did. Kidder's take on Farmer's work and philosophy is energizing, enraging, and engaging. I wish I could have kept reading it forever. ( )
1 vote wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
RGG: Both a memoir about Paul Farmer, a courageous ally, and an expose about the state of medical aid for the world's poor.
1 vote rgruberexcel | Feb 19, 2016 |
I'd like to save the world, too. So I'm glad he's got the energy to cover me. lol

Paul Farmer is a Harvard-trained doctor/anthropologist who specializes in infectious diseases and has a passion for bringing medical treatment to the poor. He first developed an affection for Haiti and determined to bring health care to Haitian poor, opening clinics, providing TB treatment, and even making house calls. He founded Partners in Health, which expanded to bring TB treatment to Peru and Russia. All this while still maintaining his practice in Massachusetts.
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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"

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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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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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