August 10, 2005
NEW ORLEANS - Paul Farmer, a world-renowned infectious diseases specialist, and Tracy Kidder, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author who wrote a book about him, will speak at the Tulane University Health Sciences Center on Saturday, Aug. 20. Kidder's book, Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, has been selected for this year's Tulane Reading Project.
The author and physician will speak at noon in the J. Bennett Johnston Health and Environmental Research Building located at 1324 Tulane Ave. in downtown New Orleans. The presentation is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. Farmer is a co-founder of Partners In Health, an international charity organization that provides direct health care services and undertakes research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty.
Kidder is winner of the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and the 1982 National Book Award, both for The Soul of a New Machine. Farmer implemented one of the first HIV/AIDS treatment programs in the developing world and his work has been recognized with a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" and the American Medical Association's Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine and Public Health.
"Paul Farmer's work and insight are of great value to people who care about global health issues," says Robert Martensen, who holds the James A. Knight, M.D. Chair of Humanities and Ethics in Medicine at Tulane. "He sets a high standard as a physician who has dedicated his career to fighting the diseases that disproportionately affect the world's poorest peoples."
The presentation is sponsored by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the Tulane University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Tropical Medicine, the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane and Xavier Universities, and the student chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
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