Mountains Beyond Mountains

By Brian Corcoran

Dr. Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer is a very smart and hardworking man. He got his M.D. and his PH.D. from Harvard University. He is a very determined man and his life goal is to change the world. He travels from Massachusetts to Haiti a lot to help the poor and ill whenever he can. On page 24 of the book, he said, "I can't sleep. There's always somebody not getting treatment. I can't stand that." This shows that he is a very caring man and wants to do everything in his power to help cure the ill. Even when he can't, it bothers him that there is someone out there who cant afford to pay for treatment and he isn't doing anything about it at the moment. Another example is on page 205 of the text. Farmer said, "I've worked eighteen years in Haiti, and everything has gotten worse." This explains that no matter how much time and effort he puts into helping the unfortunate, unless everyone is cured, he isn't satisfied. Farmer puts in a lot of time into helping the people in Haiti, but because he lives in the U.S., he has to travel back sometimes and that causes him to not be able to work on curing his patents of TB around the clock. Helping people is his main priority in life and he wont stop until the whole world is cured.

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The setting is a big part of the story's development. Farmer travels from the U.S. to other countries that are poor and need medical help such as Russia, France, Siberia and Haiti. When a 13 year old child was brought to get treated, a spinal tap was needed. When the spinal tap was performed, the child cried out in pain and yelled "I'm hungry!" This shows that no matter what condition the patient of whatever country they are from is in, hunger is always an issue. All of the countries the book takes place in is a poor country. If the book took place in any other areas, the hunger wouldnt be as big of an issue


One of the main themes in Mountains Beyond Mountains is those who live in an area in an economic crisis deserve to have sufficient medical care and manageable living conditions. This is something that Farmer believes in. He travels to all the poor countries and gives the same kind of medical care to those in need as the middle and upper class residents of the United States.

Praise or Pan

I recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a good read. It is very easy to follow the authors writing and is very intriguing. On a five star rating scale, I put this book at a 3.5-4 stars. It has good information throughout the whole book and also has a well written story line.