Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains Essay

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Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains
“The only real nation is humanity” (Farmer 123). This quote represents a huge message that is received in, Tracy Kidder’s, Mountains Beyond Mountains. This book argues that universal healthcare is a right and not a privilege. Kidder’s book also shows the audience that every individual, no matter what the circumstances, is entitled to receive quality health care. In the book Kidder represents, Paul Farmer, a man who spends his entire life determined to improve the health care of impoverished areas around the world, namely Haiti, one of the poorest nations in the world. By doing this the audience learns of the horrible circumstances, and the lack of quality health care that nations like Haiti live with everyday, why every person has the right to healthcare no matter what, and how cost effectiveness should not determine whether or not these people get to live or die. Two texts that also argue this idea are Monte Leach’s “Ensuring Health Care as a Global Human Right,” and Darshak Sanghavi’s “Is it Cost Effective to Treat the World’s Poor.” Leach’s article is an interview with Benjamin Crème that illustrates why food, shelter, education, and healthcare are human rights that have to be available to everyone. He shares many of the same views on health care as Farmer, and the two also share similar solutions to this ongoing problem. Leach also talks about the rapidly growing aids epidemic, and how it must be stopped. Like farmer, he also argues that it is easier to prevent these diseases then to cure them. Furthermore, Sanghavi’s article represents many of the questions that people would ask about cost effectiveness. Yet similar to Farmer’s views, Sanghavi argues that letting the poor die is never the answer. Sanghavi connects to the reader by telling extremely sad stories about the health care provided in some of the many impoverished nations around the world. Although these two articles have many great arguments the author Michael F. Cannon, in his article entitled “A “Right” to Heath Care?”, depicts the holes in these agreements by describing the difficulties with declaring health care as a human right. In this paper, I will demonstrate how Kidder, as well as the other authors, uses pathos to appeal to the readers emotions, and logos to provide the reader with factual evidence to support their claims that health care should be a right to every individual no matter what the circumstances.
Throughout Kidders book Mountains Beyond Mountains, it is strongly argued that many of the impoverished nations around the world have extremely inadequate and horrible health care.
In lieu of this inadequate care, many illnesses that could be easily eliminated go untreated. This argument is represented in the following quote from Kidders book, “A very small elderly looking women, her body bent at the waist, at a right angle. Long before farmer met her, tuberculosis of the spine had devoured pieces of her...

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