NPR reports the death of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Harvard Medical School professor and co-founder of the Boston-based Partners in Health died in his sleep while in Rwanda.
It can be stated, without reservation or exaggeration, that this good man truly changed the world for the better, in so many ways. RIP, Dr. Farmer.
He changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of lives for the better in his too short life. The most uncynical man I ever met. What a terrible loss in this incredibly bleak winter. I hope he inspires us to work harder.
Tracy Kidder’s book Mountains beyond Mountains (2003) is an epic biography of Farmer’s life and work as a public health trailblazer. The antivaccine crusaders would do themselves and everyone else a favor by checking it out.
After reading all about Dr. Farmer's life, all that he has done to help people, I feel like such a slug.
As I get older and read about people like Dr. Farmer dying, I'm disappointed I never got to meet them.
You can still do good. Not doubt you already have done. You don’t need to be famous for it.
We always need people with a lot of money who can write a big check to help the poorest and sickest. What we need more of are guys like Dr Farmer who made DOING the work his life's goal. I bet he would have been the Jimmy Carter of Public Health, still doing this deep into his old age. It's a terrible shame to lose him so young.
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