April 09, 2010
Mountains Beyond Mountains
Mountains Beyond Mountains: Healing the World: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer , by Tracy Kidder, is the story of Paul Farmer, a specialist in infectious diseases who seeks to redress inequalities in medical service to the desperately poor. His work establishing a complex of public health facilities on the central plateau of Haiti forms the keystone to efforts that now encompass initiatives on three continents. Farmer and a trio of friends began in the 1980s by creating a charitable foundation called Partners in Health. Over the years the foundation has grown in size and sophistication, gaining the ability to influence and collaborate with major international organizations because of the founders' energy, professional credentials, and successful outcomes. Farmer's conduct is offered as a "road map to decency," albeit an uncompromising model that nearly defies replication.