Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
In any society with an unmet serious need, someone will insist on acting
charitably. Paul Farmer, physician and anthropologist and author of Pathologies of Power, is such a person. In any society
in which serious needs persistently exhaust families and friends, someone
acting charitably will insist that others, even distant others, join in. Paul
Farmer again, most assuredly, is such a person, not only in his principal
society—the one opened to him through Harvard Medical School's Department
of Social Medicine—but wherever he or his group, Partners in Health,
works: Haiti's dry central highlands, Mexico's seething Chiapas province,
Guatemala's mass-murder grave lands, Peru's choleraic shanty towns, Russia's
Sprinkle RH. Poverty, Rights. JAMA. 2004;292(5):631–632. doi:10.1001/jama.292.5.631
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