Dr Farmer's Contribution To American Culture

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Dr. Farmers work was contributed to the understanding of humans and culture by showing an interest in a culture other than his own. His improvements in third world countries, specifically Haiti has set models to how humans can successfully interact. More developed countries should offer their knowledge and technologies for the development of other countries. Dr. Farmer studied Haitian culture and Creole language to better communicate. Through his education he learned how to use modern technology and how to resolve current health issues. Then while in Haiti he learned their social and political patterns. He empathized those impoverished people suffering under the dictatorship of the Duvalier family. Combining his knowledge form the US and Haiti…show more content…
Farmer took his education in one hand and ambition in the other to craft a better global society. He states in Pathologies and Power, “In an age of explosive development in the realm of medical technology, it is unnerving to find that the discoveries of Salk, Sabin, and even Pasteur remain irrelevant to much of humanity” (Farmer 144). Breakthroughs that others before him have made still goes unnoticed today. Dr. Farmer made sure his would not be. In my opinion Dr. Farmer is improving the world in every way possible. Through his work, from writing books to founding organizations he has shown people how to better their society. I say that as it can go both ways, developed nations can learn from under developed nations just as much as vice versa. The US as a developed country has improved public health in Haiti tremendously. However, the Haitian community has brought the greatest education and fulfillment to Dr. Farmers life. In his book, To Repair the World he says, "Caregiving forces you to deal with the problem of compassion in its original sense. Compassion means 'suffering with. ' Don 't be afraid to suffer with your patients...Deal with everyone who walks in the door and keep your door open" (Farmer 162). Dr. Farmer saw a problem and did everything in his power to resolve it, despite doubts from his colleagues and supporters. Dr. Jim Kim, a professor at Harvard Medical School and one of the co-founders of Partners In Health describes him as, "When Paul started treating people in 1998 in Haiti, everyone said he was absolutely nuts… And here we are, where the goal is to treat every single human on the planet who needs HIV treatment" (Dr. Farmers Remedy for World Health). I find this anthropologist particularly interesting because his story is so diverse. He received a great education with impressive degrees and has held many highly recognized job titles. His cultural accomplishments are educated and diplomatic as well as for the greater good, which to me is

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