Mountains Beyond Mountains Essay

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1Small GesturesPaul Farmer is a man a small gestures. His kind personality and humanistic approach gave him an uncanny ability to help to others. He has spent his entire life helping those in need in the country of Haiti, Russia, and Peru just to name a few, but that is miniscule compared to his impact on an entire world. The book Mountains Beyond Mountains, written by Tracy Kidder, describes Farmer's journey of dispersing medicine throughout underdeveloped countries. Farmer gave more than just medicine to these countries. He gave hope and a lending hand to those who needed it in their time of need.The most important thing he taught, was demonstrating to current practicing nurses and doctors exactly how patients should be treated. While Farmer was traveling with Kidder, to go check-in on a patient, he said, "The objective is to inculcate in the doctors and nurses the spirit to dedicate themselves to the patients, and especially to having a outcome-oriented view of TB" (Kidder 42). The attitude Farmer wants to instill in the doctors and nurses in underdeveloped countries, is something that can be found missing in America's doctors and nurses. When I specifically am going to the doctor I look for someone that puts themselves in your shoes. I have been in multiple instances where a doctor simply wants to get the job done, not worrying about how his actions impacts your future. If more doctors and nurses were like Farmer this would be a far different country in regards to medicine.Reading Mountains Beyond Mountains has drastically changed my perspective on how I view developed and underdeveloped countries. Looking specifically at Haiti you can find civilians that have been brought down by politics, poverty, and natural disasters. As we discussed in class, political leaders have put a chokehold on civilians for years. Their dictators would squeeze any type of wealth out of civilians so they could live as high as possible. Until recent years, this among other things has crippled their economy from within. Next Haiti has experienced and will have to continue to experience natural disasters. Earthquakes and hurricanes are more than common to the area. More recently, the earthquake in 2010 left an entire country devastated and setback more than ever. For multiple years building remains were left untouched, with what could only be thought of bodies still left in the rubble, as well. It gives the impression that when an underdeveloped country, such as Haiti, takes a step forward it will take at least two back. Another prominent problem with underdeveloped countries is poverty as a whole. Whether it is that the country does not have enough resources to grow something that ultimately becomes profitable or even their citizens can't stay healthy enough to work, poverty can destroy a country. Paul Farmer is one person that understands how poverty is wrecking countries. Kidder describes Farmer's policy of charging the patients by saying, "He declared that...

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