A physician forsakes wealth, fame and love to do what he feels is right: bring medicine to the poorest of the poor. This is an amazing story of true altruism. This is the story of Dr. Farmer, a physician trained at Harvard, who spends every free moment while at school to treat people that could live if they only had a doctor or some medicine. His thought is always of what can he do to save lives and mitigate suffering - and to hell with cost effectiveness. Farmer sees his patients as individuals. He treats their bodies and their spirits. He sees a problem and continues to work to solve it, despite the problems. This book had me continually questioning whether what I am doing is the right thing, or whether I should be working with Dr. Farmer to alleviate tuberculosis in Haiti or HIV in Peru. This is an amazing book about not only the actions, but also about the thoughts of a true humanitarian.
This has to be one of the best non-fiction books I have listened to. The Devil's Teeth by Susan Casey is a story of unexplicable passion of a writer for her subject - great white sharks. Casey provides insight into her passion as well into the mysterious lives of the earth's largest carnivore. Her story is full of science and passion. Less than 100 miles off of the coast of San Francisco lie The Farallones - rocky crags that jut from the Pacific. These devil's teeth are the home to a breed of biologists whose passions are what most humans would consider evil - killer sharks. Kimberly Farr does a great job in reading, although sometimes a little too much emphasis is placed on some corney attempts at humor. What a subject (sharks). What a setting (the Farallones). What a read!
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