Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World Part III, Chapter 16 Summary and Analysis

Tracy Kidder

Part III, Chapter 16 Summary and Analysis

The scale and expense of the MDR issue in Peru made PIH hesitate, forcing them to ask themselves if this was a challenge they should even try to solve. They eventually decided it was, because no one else was doing it and people were dying—and because it would allow them to tackle other public health issues along the way. In August 1996, they started treating TB sufferers in Carabayllo. They combined a team of Peruvian health workers with doctors and medical students from Boston. They ran into problems almost immediately. The Peruvians did not want to visit the homes of MDR patients, they needed money, and Peruvian officials did not want to admit they had such a serious problem. Jim and Paul were not...

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