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Product Details

  • Paperback: 680 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (April 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520257138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520257139
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“A crucially important book for physicians.”
(Jama 2010-08-18)

“[Farmer] brings an energized yet pragmatic passion to an enduring problem in global health.”
(Practical Matters 2011-06-07)

“Highly engaging and intellectually satisfying.”
(Mark A. Strand Perspectives In Science And Christian Faith 2011-05-23)

From the Inside Flap

"Dr. Paul Farmer is one of the most extraordinary people I've ever known. Partner to the Poor recounts his relentless efforts to eradicate disease, humanize health care, alleviate poverty, and increase opportunity and empowerment in the developing world. It will inspire us all to do our parts."—William J. Clinton

“If the world is curious about Paul Farmer, there is a reason for that. No one has done more than he has in bringing modern medicine to the poor across the globe and no one has exceeded him in making us appreciate the diverse barriers that prevent proper medicine from reaching the underdogs of the world. In this wonderful collection of essays, putting together Paul Farmer’s writings over more than two decades, we can see how his far-reaching ideas have developed and radically enhanced the understanding of the challenges faced by healthcare in the uneven world in which we live. This is an altogether outstanding book.”—Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate, Economics

"To delve into these pages is to join one of the world's great explorers on an epic life journey—to grapple with culture, poverty, disease, health care, ethics, and ultimately our common humanity in the Age of AIDS. Paul Farmer is a pioneer, guide, and inspiration at a time of unprecedented contrasts: between wealth and poverty, power and powerlessness, health and disease, compassion and neglect. His medical expertise, anthropological vision, and unflinching decency have helped to recharge our world with moral purpose."—Jeffrey D. Sachs, Columbia University

"Wow! Perfect for teaching. This is more than vintage Farmer. Editor Haun Saussy knows Farmer's work inside out and has assembled and organized 25 classic articles that project the heart of Farmer's brilliant, radical, inspiring, eminently practical and (dare I say) genuinely subversive work."—Philippe Bourgois, author of Righteous Dopefiend

"If they gave Nobel Prizes for raising moral awareness, Paul Farmer would have won his a long time ago. For several decades now, his work has posed a challenge to anyone who dares say that radically improving the health of the world's poor can't be done. This splendid compilation of the best of his work allows us to follow a restless, creative, compassionate mind in action, in and out of prisons and barrios and mud huts and hospital wards, from Haiti to Rwanda to Moscow, never taking 'no' for an answer."—Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains

"Paul Farmer is a deep scholar of Haitian society, a formidable medical anthropologist, an implacable theorist of structural violence and health as a human right, and an ethicist for whom the place of social justice in medicine and in the world is an existential need. This book is the platform of interconnected intellectual, academic, and practical engagements upon which the amazing, world-transforming life of Farmer stands."—Arthur Kleinman, author of What Really Matters: Living a Moral Life amidst Uncertainty and Danger

"This collection shows the impressive catalytic effects of original scholarship when combined with action, activism, and a commitment to social justice in health. Paul Farmer and his PIH colleagues have twice changed World Health Organization policies; they continue to have a lasting impact on the global health movement and on the lives of the poor.—Peter Brown, Emory University

More About the Author

Paul Farmer is UN's Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti and Chair of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard. He is also Professor of Anthropology at Harvard Medical School, chief of Social Medicine and Inequalities at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and founding director of Partners In Health. Among his numerous awards and honors is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's "genius award."

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A very interesting and informative book Very accessible.
Pepper's mom
Paul Farmer's work is extraordinary and inspiring, and this collection of his work is great, especially for those in Public Health/International medicine.
misssarah
Farmer's unique intelligence, deep morality and sharp humor are expressed on nearly every page.
Leslie Fleming

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Fleming on April 19, 2010
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Editor Haun Saussy has done a fine job of organizing this collection of some of Paul Farmer's diverse publications, placing the articles in contexts which will enhance the reader's appreciation. However, a reader could open "Partners to the Poor" at random, start reading and be inspired by Farmer's perspectives. Farmer's unique intelligence, deep morality and sharp humor are expressed on nearly every page. Moreover, the reader will want to know more, through Farmer's thoughts on the subsequent pages and through the reader's own reinvigorated thinking.

Paul Farmer connects material and ideas from scientific, medical, sociological, anthropological, and literary fields, and from personal and professional experience on several continents over several decades, always privileging the perspectives of the poor thereby providing many fresh ways for readers to understand the relationship between the rich world and the poor world. And Farmer provides the reader with new ways to think about reducing inequalities between those two worlds.

Many topics and descriptions of Farmer's patients' lives are heart-rending, but one also emerges joyful to be a human after being in Paul Farmer's written presence.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Matias Iberico on April 25, 2010
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This will be a short review, but as reviews are lacking for this new collection I thought I would throw in my two cents. This volume is fantastic as an introduction to Paul Farmer. It is comprehensive and less repetetive than some of his other published volumes (although there is still overlap in cases examples from work to work). The thematic sections greatly aid scholarship. Introductions to the sections and revision of many chapters make for a very solid volume. Recommend for any person in the medical profession and especially those interested in global, development, human rights, international law, or international policy.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Debra L. McLeod on November 2, 2010
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If you want a multidisciplinary approach to poverty from an anthropologist who is also an physician than this is the book for you. Farmer covers history, gender, medical diagnosis, food insecurity, religion, politics in both a professional/academic manner and with wonderful stories and biographies of those whom he has worked with and treated. This is a long read and the pages are packed with information. I made notes in both the front and back of my book with particular regards to the effects of poverty/sexism on women, Paul Farmer and his organization Partners in Health and general poverty/political/historical facts primarily from Haiti but also from other diverse places. I also know much more about the interaction of various diseases of the poor (HIV, TB, malaria). You will also learn how US and European colonialism have stripped countries like Haiti and Africa of their ability to be self-sufficient and continue to do so today.

If you are working in the developing world then you need to read this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pepper's mom on August 31, 2010
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A very interesting and informative book Very accessible. A great companion piece to read after Mountains beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. I found it compelling and inspiring. Made me go and give to Partners to the Poor before I even got into the meat of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By misssarah on February 8, 2011
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Paul Farmer's work is extraordinary and inspiring, and this collection of his work is great, especially for those in Public Health/International medicine. For those who enjoyed Kidder's biography and want to know more, beware--Dr. Farmer's writing style is not an easy read. Sometimes the sentences are so convoluted and dense I read them out to my husband for a laugh! Still I enjoy having it on my shelf at work (HIV prevention health scientist) for a quick inspiration-escape.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Post on June 30, 2011
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This book brings to life realities of the multifaceted problem of health. Not only the way health is experienced and interpreted, but the complexities and determinants of health. It throws a much needed challenge to political processes underlying many of the health related problems facing marginalized groups. But most importantly ... it is easy reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Open Minded on May 15, 2011
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I think this is an excellent anthology of his writings. I had read several of his books before and this is an excellent place to read excerpts and parts of his books through the years. If anyone wants to learn about Haiti I think Paul Farmer is amazing (for any non-local). Why his writings are so valuable is he shows how complex Haiti (or almost any society) is. One cannot address just one aspect of a society needing help, unless you address the underlying causes. He debunks myths. . So far everything I have seen through him and Partners in Health he is one hugely compassionate and educated people. Who (so far) does not have a swelled head. If you are interested in Haiti read this book.
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