A Man With A Mission

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photoHe's a zealot doctor who brings modern medicine to those who have been all but abandoned by modernity. His patients struggle not only with HIV and tuberculosis, but with 3-hour walks to a doctor, no running water, no employment, and no money. He sought out corners of the world that most people ignore, and set up his clinics.

Paul Farmer is an iconoclast doctor who refuses to accept conventional wisdom, and practices more than he preaches. Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Kidder's new book, "Mountains Beyond Mountains," follows Farmer from the plateaus of Haiti to the prisons of Siberia, from Cuban hospitals to Peruvian clinics.

Click the "Listen" link to hear about Dr. Paul Farmer's quest to heal the world.


Paul Farmer, Founder and Executive Vice-President of Partners In Health, Professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, author of numerous books, and recipient of the 1993 MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant

Tracy Kidder, author of "Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man who Would Cure the World," winner of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction

This program aired on October 3, 2003.


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