Thursday, May 8, 2008
Mountains Beyond Mountains [electronic resource]
New York: Random House, c2003.
Mountains Beyond Mountains is a Mildred F. Sawyer Library ebook available to Suffolk University faculty, students, and staff.
Paul Farmer is an expert in infectious diseases, a medical anthropologist, and a physician at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. His goal is to transform global health care by focusing on the world's poorest and most unhealthy communities. In the 1980s, Farmer helped found a nonprofit organization called Partners in Health, which cooperates with local health care providers in creating clinics in the underserved, rural communities of Haiti, Peru, and Siberia.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Kidder chronicles Paul Farmer's remarkable story, focusing on his philanthropic medical practice. Farmer founded a hospital and health center, Zanmi Lasante, in Cange, Haiti. About a million peasant farmers rely on Zanmi Lasante for free medical care, and Kidder describes in some detail the individual stories of the patients, the financial issues of the clinic, and Farmer's role in its success. Farmer spends several months a year in Cange, treating patients and improving treatments, including utilizing drugs necessary to treat resistant tuberculosis. The book is both inspiring and engaging and leads the reader to stop and think about the politics of health care and the ethical issues involved.
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