A Remembrance of Paul Farmer

A Remembrance of Paul Farmer

Ray Offenheiser remembers Paul Farmer's contributions to the development field and shares tributes from colleagues who knew him well.

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A Remembrance of Paul Farmer

A Remembrance of Paul Farmer

"The essence of global health equity is the idea that something so precious as health might be viewed as a right." — Dr. Paul Farmer

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The world who knew Paul Farmer through his work, his writing, and Partners in Health, the organization he created, have been mourning the news of his loss over the past week.  He was of course a doctor but he was also an anthropologist and ethicist.  As a doctor, he wanted to heal but he wanted to do so smartly and sustainably. As an anthropologist, he wanted to understand the historical, economic, political and cultural context of disease.  And as an applied ethicist, he wanted to understand why preventable disease was allowed to ravage communities of the poor.  For him medicine was a moral calling that moved him to seek out the most morally compelling health challenges in the most difficult contexts. …

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