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Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World is a non-fiction, biographical work by American writer Tracy Kidder. The story traces the life of noted physician and anthropologist Paul Farmer. The book is a New York Times Notable Book.

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Tracy Kidder describes him best:

"And I was drawn to the man himself. He worked extraordinary hours. In fact, I don't think he sleeps more than an hour or two most nights. Here was a person who seemed to be practicing more than he preached, who seemed to be living, as nearly as any human being can, without hypocrisy. A challenging person, the kind of person whose example can irritate you by making you feel you've never done anything as important, and yet, in his presence, those kinds of feelings tended to vanish. In the past, when I'd imagined a person with credentials like his, I'd imagined someone dour and self-righteous, but he was very friendly and irreverent, and quite funny. He seemed like someone I'd like to know, and I thought that if I did my job well, a reader would feel that way, too." (excerpted from www.thereaderscircle.com)


  • Right to Health Care
  • Missionary work in Healthcare
  • Poverty
  • Human Rights
  • Preferential Option for the Poor
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Quick Tip by . February 27, 2011
Dr. Paul Farmer assumes his passion, knowledge, skills, and life as a responsibility in bringing a much-needed help and hope to others around the world. An incredible story of a brilliant, humble and inspirational individual's determination to change the world for the better.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
This book changed my life. I am dedicated to the service of people from now on-- I'll never have the impact of Dr. Farmer, but this book taught me we can all do something. Read it.
review by . February 02, 2009
This book is about an amazing person doing amazing things in public health to benefit vulnerable people and populations. So many times while reading this book my mouth literally dropped open at the accomplishments that Dr. Farmer has made to help the poorest, sickest people in the world. He approached some of the biggest problems in public health (TB and HIV/AIDS) with grand but pragmatic strategies. He is the modern-day Robin Hood. It's hard to believe he really exists. I became a Farmer Fan after …
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