Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader

Partner to the Poor: A Paul Farmer Reader

Paperback California Series in Public Anthropology (Paperback)

By (author) Paul Farmer, Edited by Haun Saussy, Foreword by Tracy Kidder

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 680 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 43mm | 907g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520257138
  • ISBN 13: 9780520257139
  • Illustrations note: 6 b/w photographs, 10 line illustrations, 11 tables
  • Sales rank: 214,332

Product description

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 patients - and worked to address the root causes of their disease - in Haiti, Boston, Peru, Rwanda, and elsewhere in the developing world. In 1987, with several colleagues, he founded Partners In Health to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Throughout his career, Farmer has written eloquently and extensively on these efforts. "Partner to the Poor" collects 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. 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 book will be donated to Partners In Health.

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Author information

Paul Farmer is the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti and Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is also Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Co-founder of Partners In Health. Among his numerous awards and honors is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's "genius award." 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.

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"A crucially important book for physicians." Jama 20100818 "[Farmer] brings an energized yet pragmatic passion to an enduring problem in global health." Practical Matters 20110607 "Highly engaging and intellectually satisfying." -- Mark A. Strand Perspectives In Science And Christian Faith 20110523

Table of contents

Contents Foreword: He Stole My Necktie for the Poor Tracy Kidder Introduction: The Right to Claim Rights 1 Haun Saussy Part 1. Ethnography, History, Political Economy Introduction to Part 1 Paul Farmer 1. Bad Blood, Spoiled Milk: Bodily Fluids as Moral Barometers in Rural Haiti (1988) 2. Sending Sickness: Sorcery, Politics, and Changing Concepts of AIDS in Rural Haiti (1990) 3. The Exotic and the Mundane: Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Haiti (1990) 4. Ethnography, Social Analysis, and the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted HIV Infection among Poor Women in Haiti (1997) 5. From Haiti to Rwanda: AIDS and Accusations (2006) Part 2. Anthropology amid Epidemics Introduction to Part 2 Paul Farmer 6. Rethinking Emerging Infectious Diseases" (1996, 1999) 7. Social Scientists and the New Tuberculosis (1997) 8. Optimism and Pessimism in Tuberculosis Control: Lessons from Rural Haiti (1999) 9. Cruel and Unusual: Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis as Punishment (1999) 10. The Consumption of the Poor: Tuberculosis in the Twenty-First Century (2) 11. Social Medicine and the Challenge of Biosocial Research (2) 12. The Major Infectious Diseases in the World To Treat or Not to Treat? (2001) 13. Integrated HIV Prevention and Care Strengthens Primary Health Care (2004) David A. Walton, Paul Farmer, Wesler Lambert, Fernet Leandre, Serena P. Koenig, and Joia Mukherjee 14. AIDS in 2006 Moving toward One World, One Hope? (2006) Jim Yong Kim and Paul Farmer Part 3. Structural Violence Introduction to Part 3 Paul Farmer 15. Women, Poverty, and AIDS (1996) 16. On Suffering and Structural Violence: Social and Economic Rights in the Global Era (1996, 2003) 17. An Anthropology of Structural Violence (2001, 2004) 18. Structural Violence and Clinical Medicine (2006) Paul Farmer, Bruce Nizeye, Sara Stulac, and Salmaan Keshavjee 19. Mother Courage and the Costs of War (2008) 20. Landmine Boy" and Stupid Deaths (2008) Part 4. Human Rights and a Critique of Medical Ethics Introduction to Part 4 Paul Farmer 21. Rethinking Health and Human Rights: Time for a Paradigm Shift (1999, 2003) 22. Rethinking Medical Ethics: A View from Below (2004) Paul Farmer and Nicole Gastineau Campos 23. Never Again? Reflections on Human Values and Human Rights (2005) 24. Rich World, Poor World: Medical Ethics and Global Inequality (2006) 25. Making Human Rights Substantial (2008) Conclusion: An Interview (2009) Paul Farmer and Haun Saussy Acknowledgments Works Cited Editorial Note and Credits Index