Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World Part II, Chapter 9 Summary and Analysis

Tracy Kidder

Part II, Chapter 9 Summary and Analysis

Chapter 9 covers three interwoven topics: Farmer going back and forth between Haiti and Harvard, his developing relationship with Ophelia, and his new relationship with Tom White. Farmer studied medicine intensely whether in the United States or in Haiti, but it was in Haiti that his studies were applied and took on meaning. It is also where Paul and Ophelia became lovers: in Lafontant's rectory in Mirebalais, in a rain storm. The couple made love, studied together, had food fights, and traveled around Haiti. During these travels, they gathered more data about Haitian health conditions, data that deepened these young people's understanding that many of the health problems came from poverty and the...

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