Sunday, 18 November 2007

Patients Without Borders

Image © Larry Towell/Magnum for NY Times-All Rights Reserved

I recently ranted and ridiculed the New York Times Magazine here for publishing superficial photo-essays in comparison to those appearing in its British counterparts, such as the Times of London and The Independent, so I'm pleased this weekend that it published Third World Clinic, First World Country, a compelling and certainly hard-hitting photo essay.

Third World Clinic, First World Country documents the work of a volunteer medical relief corps called Remote Area Medical in the Appalachians. RAM has sent health expeditions to countries like Guyana, India, Tanzania and Haiti, but increasingly its work is in the United States, where 47 million people — more than 15 percent of the population — live without health insurance.

The photographs are by Larry Towers of Magnum, and the accompanying article is by Sara Corbett.

The slideshow: Third World Clinic, First World Country

The article: Patients Without Borders