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February 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Erin Kobetz


February 24, 2021
6:00 pm



Partners In Health with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Books & Books invite you to a virtual book celebration featuring Dr. Paul Farmer and Dr. Erin Kobetz.

Join Dr. Erin Kobetz of the University of Miami and Partners In Health Co-Founder and Chief Strategist Dr. Paul Farmer on Wednesday February 24, at 6:00 p.m. EST for a one-on-one conversation about his new book, Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History. Dr. Farmer will share his experiences on the frontlines of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and discuss how PIH is using lessons from that epidemic—and from decades of fighting infectious diseases around the world—to now fight COVID-19 in U.S. communities including Immokalee, Florida.


About the Book:

In 2014, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea suffered the worst epidemic of Ebola in history. The brutal virus spread rapidly through a clinical desert where basic health-care facilities were few and far between. Causing severe loss of life and economic disruption, the Ebola crisis was a major tragedy of modern medicine. But why did it happen, and what can we learn from it?

Paul Farmer, the internationally renowned doctor and anthropologist, experienced the Ebola outbreak firsthand—Partners in Health, the organization he founded, was among the international responders. In Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds, he offers the first substantive account of this frightening, fast-moving episode and its implications. In vibrant prose, Farmer tells the harrowing stories of Ebola victims while showing why the medical response was slow and insufficient. Rebutting misleading claims about the origins of Ebola and why it spread so rapidly, he traces West Africa’s chronic health failures back to centuries of exploitation and injustice. Under formal colonial rule, disease containment was a priority but care was not – and the region’s health care woes worsened, with devastating consequences that Farmer traces up to the present.

This thorough and hopeful narrative is a definitive work of reportage, history, and advocacy, and a crucial intervention in public-health discussions around the world.





About the Author:

Paul Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor and Chair of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard University as well as chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a founding director of Partners In Health. Among his numerous awards and honors is the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences.