Long Road from Quito: Transforming Health Care in Rural Latin America


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University of Notre Dame Press
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8.7 X 9.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

Tony Hiss, an author, lecturer, and consultant on restoring America's cities and landscapes, is the author of thirteen books, including The Experience of Place, The View from Alger's Window, and In Motion: The Experience of Travel. Hiss was a staff writer at the New Yorkerfor more than thirty years, and since then has been a visiting scholar at New York University.


"Creating health for underprivileged populations through education of family physicians, promotion of healthy behaviors, control of risk factors, disease prevention, and delivery of compassionate and comprehensive care: that is what Long Road from Quito: Transforming Health Care in Rural Latin America is all about, the captivating story of David Gaus and the Andean Health and Development Initiative. A must read for all those interested in health development around the world."--Julio Frenk, president of the University of Miami, former minister of health of Mexico
"If you are lucky, a few times in life you will come across a person who is able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. It is even rarer still to find in such a leader a genuine sense of humility and a depth of soul that radiates joy and laughter. I know you will enjoy and be inspired by this story of a modern-day man who is as holy as he is innovative, who is as determined as he is fun, and who is both visionary and focused on the set of eyes before him at any given moment."--Lou Nanni, from the foreword
"The book succeeds in helping readers understand the lack of medical care in rural areas--the 'urban bias' of where doctors want to practice--and the unique geographic and social problems that complicate access to health care."--Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati Enquirer, author of A Promise in Haiti
"Long Road from Quito: Transforming Health Care in Rural Latin America is well written and captures the attention of the reader; the many examples provide a colorful and vivid narrative that makes this book a page turner. Tony Hiss knows how to tell a story, and the reader gets an excellent in-depth impression of the context based on the vivid descriptions provided."--Clemens Sedmak, author of A Church of the Poor
"Celebrated writer Tony Hiss has used David Gaus's personal and professional life's journey to Ecuador to explore global health in a fresh and intellectually probing manner. Students entering this burgeoning but ill-defined field should read it carefully, as should others who harbor a concern for social justice and equitable access to quality health care."--Barnett L. Cline, professor emeritus, Tulane University; past president, the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
"[David] Gaus' journey from an accounting undergraduate to a medical doctor hailed as a hero in Ecuador, with hesburgh as inspiration and partner, is recounted in the new book, Long Road from Quito, by journalist Tony Hiss."--Notre Dame Magazine
"Long Road from Quito by Tony Hiss is an extraordinary combination of biography and history . . . an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to community and academic library Contemporary American Biography collections in general, and Latin American Medical History supplemental studies reading lists in particular. . . . With a charming conversational style that's a pleasure to read, Hiss shows . . . Gaus's vision and determination . . . in a story with equal parts interest for Notre Dame readers, health practitioners, medical anthropologists, Latin American students and scholars, and the general public."--John Taylor, Midwest Book Review
"[This] narrative has the contents, structure, and timing to engage the reader with the details of the philosophy, biography, and determination of David Gaus, a young accountant who took a charity trip to Quito in 1984. His trip ended up transforming him into a physician for the poor, a hospital builder, and an educator in rural Ecuador."--Choice
"Long Road from Quito also depicts a challenge far greater than geographic isolation--namely, how rural populations differ from urban populations in their perception of health and disease. Such insights are essential not just in Ecuador but in much of the world, including industrialized nations."--American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene