Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World

by Tracy Kidder
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Kidder points out that Farmer is dissatisfied with the current distribution of money and medicine in the world. What is your opinion of the distribution of these forms of wealth?

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Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Could Cure the World can bring about feelings of discomfort as the book often asks that the reader question their own role in health disparities. Farmer very importantly resists the Western tendency to categorize social ailments. Instead, he highlights the interconnectedness of of identities. As such, he does not suggest that health stands alone. Instead he argues that a “broken world” is what has caused the health crisis in Haiti. More often than not, health crises are left for governments or non-profits to tackle. He rigorously fights against charity complexes and uses the West’s genocide of Native Americans as an example. He traces how colonialism is the root of poor health conditions in many countries. He argues that not only were these crises avoidable they could also come to an end. However, Western countries have not cared enough to question the role of capitalism and colonialism. This is the moment where...

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