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Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader

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9780520257139

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4/1/2010
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UNIV OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
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Everyone should read this book  March 27, 2011
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This is a very interesting, informative and accessible textbook. A great companion piece to read after Mountains beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder Paul Farmer's work is extraordinary and inspiring, and this collection of his work is great, especially for those in Public Health/International medicine. The textbook arrived to me in a very good condition, thanks to ecampus.






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Summary

For nearly thirty years, anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has traveled to some of the most impoverished places on earth to bring comfort and the best possible medical care to the poorest of the poor. Driven by his stated intent to "make human rights substantial," Farmer has treated sufferers of AIDS and drug-resistant tuberculosis in Haiti, Peru, Siberia, and Rwanda.

In 1989, with several colleagues, he founded Partners In Health to provide high-quality care with impressive cure rates. Throughout his career, Farmer has written eloquently and extensively on these efforts. Partner to the Poorcollects his writings from 1988 to 2009 on anthropology, epidemiology, health care for the global poor, and international public health policy, providing a broad overview of his work.

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 this textbook provides the reader with new ways to think about reducing inequalities between those two worlds.

It illuminates the depth and impact of Farmer's contributions and demonstrates how, over time, this unassuming and dedicated doctor has fundamentally changed the way we think about health, international aid, and social justice.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this textbook will be donated to Partners In Health.

Author Biography

Paul Farmer is the Presley Professor of Social Medicine and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and a founding director of Partners In Health. His books include AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and Geography of Blame, Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, and Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor, all from UC Press.

Haun Saussy is Bird White Housum Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University.

Tracy Kidder is the author of many acclaimed books, including Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World.

Author Biography

Paul Farmer is the Presley Professor of Social Medicine and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and a founding director of Partners In Health. His books include AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and Georgaphy of Blame, Infections and Inequalities: The Modern Plagues, and Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor, all from UC Press. Haun Saussy is Bird White Housum Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University. Tracy Kidder is the author of many acclaimed books, including Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Seeing the Proofp. ix
Introduction: The Right to Claim Rightsp. 1
Ethnography, History, Political Economy
Introduction to Part 1p. 27
Bad Blood, Spoiled Milk: Bodily Fluids as Moral Barometers in Rural Haiti (1988)p. 33
Sending Sickness: Sorcery, Politics, and Changing Concepts of AIDS in Rural Haiti (1990)p. 62
The Exotic and the Mundane: Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Haiti (1990)p. 94
Ethnography, Social Analysis, and the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted HIV Infection among Poor Women in Haiti (1997)p. 121
From Haiti to Rwanda: AIDS and Accusations (2006)p. 136
Anthropology Amid Epidemics
Introduction to Part 2p. 151
Rethinking "Emerging Infectious Diseases" (1996, 1999)p. 155
Social Scientists and the New Tuberculosis (1997)p. 174
Optimism and Pessimism in Tuberculosis Control: Lessons from Rural Haiti (1999)p. 195
Cruel and Unusual: Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis as Punishment (1999)p. 206
The Consumption of the Poor: Tuberculosis in the Twenty-First Century (2000)p. 222
Social Medicine and the Challenge of Biosocial Research (2000)p. 248
The Major Infectious Diseases in the World-To Treat or Not to Treat? (2001)p. 266
Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Strengthens Primary Health Care: Lessons from Rural Haiti (2004)p. 270
AIDS in 2006-Moving toward One World, One Hope? (2006)p. 287
Structural Violence
Introduction to Part 3p. 293
Women, Poverty, and AIDS (1996)p. 298
On Suffering and Structural Violence: Social and Economic Rights in the Global Era (1996, 2003)p. 328
An Anthropology of Structural Violence (2001, 2004)p. 350
Structural Violence and Clinical Medicine (2006)p. 376
Mother Courage and the Costs of War (2008)p. 393
"Landmine Boy" and Stupid Deaths (2008)p. 409
Human Rights and a Critique of Medical Ethics
Introduction to Part 4p. 429
Rethinking Health and Human Rights: Time for a Paradigm Shift (1999, 2003)p. 435
Rethinking Medical Ethics: A View from Below (2004)p. 471
Never Again? Reflections on Human Values and Human Rights (2005)p. 487
Rich World, Poor World: Medical Ethics and Global Inequality (2006)p. 528
Making Human Rights Substantial (2008)p. 545
Conclusion: An Interview (2009)p. 561
Acknowledgmentsp. 577
Works Citedp. 579
Editorial Note and Creditsp. 639
Indexp. 643
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