Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World Part III, Chapter 17 Summary and Analysis

Tracy Kidder

Part III, Chapter 17 Summary and Analysis

Chapter 17 begins with a brief mention of Didi Bertrand, the new love of Paul's life. He courted her for two years before they married in 1996 in Cange, where 4,000 people attended.

The bulk of the chapter focuses on PIH's work in Peru. It cost $15,000 to $20,000 per patient to treat those sick with MDR, and the more PIH investigated, the more infected people they found. Farmer dealt with some of this expense creatively—talking individuals at Harvard Medical School into giving him the drugs he needed without paying the $92,000 at the time. They spent Tom White's money freely, and in general tried to do what they needed to do first and then figure out how to pay for it (or get permission to...

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