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Excerpt from "To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation" by Paul Farmer. Copyright 2013 by Paul Farmer. Reprinted here by permission of University of California Press . All rights reserved.

Excerpt from "To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation" by Paul Farmer. Copyright 2013 by Paul Farmer. Reprinted here by permission of University of California Press . All rights reserved.

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Excerpt from "To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation" by Paul Farmer. Copyright 2013 by Paul Farmer. Reprinted here by permission of University of California Press . All rights reserved.
Excerpt from "To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation" by Paul Farmer. Copyright 2013 by Paul Farmer. Reprinted here by permission of University of California Press . All rights reserved.

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Lst Mond, sttng n clnc n rurl Ht, I relzed tht I wsswetng or two resons. One, t ws sesonbl hot. We lwsswet n clnc. Two, I ws rghtened bout gng ths ddress.The er tsel hd two sources. One, t’s  gret prlege to behere on ths d, the d o our oth tkng nd trnsor-ton. Two, ost grduton speeches re borng nd orgettble.(Soe re eorble lrgel becuse the re so borng.)Ths ltter relzton struck er n  hert. I st there,herng the ulttudes outsde, nd tred hrd to thnk o sngle scrp,  word, n de ro  coenceent ddressherd n hgh school, college, edcl school, or grd school.But not one o the stuck. I s ths pologetcll, o course,snce good thngs ust’e been sd. I ws nttente or per-hps engged n oerl robust celebrton terwrd. I’ notsure wht hppened, but t ws nether  neurologc nor  s-culr eent tht ersed these speeches. (Nor, I ust dd s nnectous dsese gu, ws t n ebolc eent.) The speechesneer got logged n!
Generl Anesthes or the(Young Doctor’s) Soul?
Warren Alpert Medical School (Brown University), Commencement 
may 28, 2001
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/ Reimagining Equity 
And on tht Mond I knew I hd one week to fnd whtght be clled the roch-otel pproch: speeches check n,but the don’t check out. How could I fnd  w to get n ourheds nd st?On Tuesd, I dd  lterture serch. We don’t he ccess toMEDLINE, so I went nto  own lbrr.
I’e been lng nHt or  long te, so let’s just s I he  bg,  uneen, col-lecton. Grduton, grduton. I reebered soethng rothe Englsh wrter P.G. Wodehouse bout  eorble grdu-ton speech. It ws  stor o  certn Augustus Fnk-Nottle, booksh herpetologst who’s gng-pressed nto delerng thecoenceent speech t  bo’s school. I reclled tht Gusse,lke ours trul, ws terrfed nd dd soethng, I couldn’treeber wht, to ke t eorble.On Tuesd, ter clnc ws oer, I ound the stor. Rered-ng t dd not nspre cl. In ct, where Id once lughed, I nowound sel swetng nd treblng. Fnk-Nottle, norlln bsteous chp, hd gotten sshed beore gong on stge.Gusse proceeded to nsult dstngushed ebers o the ud-ence nd to ccuse the wnner o the prze or scrpture knowledge o chetng ter the kdled to nswer the queston“Who ws Wht’s-Hs-Ne— the chp who begt Thng-u?” Wodehouse drws conclusons bout speeches: “It justshows wht n eber o Prlent wll tell ou, tht  ouwnt rel ortor, the prelnr noggn s essentl. Unlesspe-eed, ou cnnot hope to grp.”
Ths counsel dd not help e grp. Gettng pe-eed n theornng would be rghtenng enough een when ou don’t heto dre ro Boston to Prodence. Surel there ws soethngelse I could do  I wnted to ke  eorble pont or two?
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General Anesthesia for the (Young Doctor’s) Soul? /
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I scrcel slept on Tuesd nght, s  nghtres ncluded slurred speech punctuted b nsults to our den.On Wednesd, I decded to bse  Brown nterenton ondt. The proble clled, clerl, or ore reserch. I en,wht sort o Hrrd cult could conclude otherwse? I con-ducted  double-blnd, controlled stud o the entre popultono centrl Ht. I ew n  lrge reserch te nd expenseconsultnts ro the Hrrd School o Publc Helth.The sure showed  sttstcll sgnfcnt correltonbetween nes nd grduton speeches. Grnted, the N wssll: ths ws centrl Ht, where not n he hd the pr-lege o gong to hgh school, uch less grdute school. But ch-squre tests do not le: the pcture ws gr  I ollowed thenors. I trebled wth er, not lrl rgors. Would I heto do wht Gusse Fnk-Nottle hd done? Do ou need  desg-nted drer n order to deler  good grduton speech?On Thursd, I sted nd pred. I lt ncense. I chnted ndst n the lotus poston untl I hd blterl nere plses. Theedcl st nd ptents wondered wht on erth ws wrong,snce I  usull  rther relble gu. And stll no nsprtonce.On Frd, I bt the bullet nd dd wht we do n nternledcne: I clled  consult.Deep n the Htn hlls there les  wse won. She’sclled  “bo,” whch trnsltes n Hollwood-spek to “oo-doo prestess.” I’e known her or ers, nd she’s sd to hen nswer or eerthng. She’s  bt lke the won who bkescookes n
The Matrix 
, nd especll so on tht d s she wssttng on  low chr strrng soethng n  chrred pot.I ld out  dle. A pregnnt puse ensued;  borend dd not look up ro her work.
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