February / March #99 : Service With a Smile - by Cindra Feuer

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Daring to Declare

Old Drugs, New Tricks




Go, Girl!


Tribute: Greg Smith

Service With a Smile

Karma Chameleon

That ’80s Show

Criminal Neglect



In Memoriam

The Great Depression


Getting Down

Norvir up by 400%

Guidelines Re-revised

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Immune Up

Do Single HIVers Die Faster?

More than 50 percent

Growing Up Positive

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Quick Study: Vitamins & Minerals

Editor's Letter


Unhappy Meal

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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February / March 2004

Service With a Smile

by Cindra Feuer

Mountains Beyond Mountains, Pulitzer-winner Tracy Kidder’s biography of Paul Farmer, doesn’t merely educate—it motivates. Ditching fortune as an infectious disease doc for an austere life serving poor HIVers and other less fortunates, Farmer bridges the epidemiological divide between teaching at Harvard and doctoring in Haiti. He mixes Marxist liberation theology, medical anthropology and clinical expertise in his crusade for the redistribution of wealth and health care as Kidder trails along. “The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s wrong in the world,” Kidder summarizes during their seven-hour hike to treat only two families.

Tracing the modern Robin Hood’s heroism, Kidder reveals the possibilities at the intersection of public health and personal responsibility. He tries to balance his adoration by slamming Farmer’s righteousness—but can muster only half a page. Mountains is a must for first-worlders contemplating service—and an inspiring climb regardless.

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