A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor by John Berger

By John Berger

During this quietly innovative paintings of social statement and clinical philosophy, Booker Prize-winning author John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr teach their gaze on an English nation general practitioner and discover a common man--one who has taken it upon himself to acknowledge his patient's humanity while sickness and the terror of dying have made them unrecognizable to themselves. within the impoverished rural group within which he works, John Sassall have a tendency the maimed, the demise, and the lonely. he isn't in simple terms the dispenser of treatments however the repository of stories. And as Berger and Mohr keep on with Sassall approximately his rounds, they produce a ebook whose cautious aspect broadens right into a meditation at the worth we assign a human existence. First released thirty years in the past, A lucky guy continues to be relocating and deeply relevant--no different booklet has provided any such shut and passionate research of the jobs medical professionals play of their society."In modern letters John Berger turns out to me peerless; no longer when you consider that Lawrence has there been a author who deals such attentiveness to the sensual international with responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience."--Susan Sontag

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It just doesn't mean anything to me. It doesn't touch me. When he makes love to me it's like a wet rag across my face. I know what real love is like you see. With the father of Stephen, when I got Stephen it was beautiful. We came together and I was able to come to him with all of me. I know what they mean when they say it is the most wonderful thing in the world, it was like that when I got Stephen because I could come to him and he wanted me like that. ' 9 37 We fell in love with it ten years ago - for the view.

J 4i '*KV T > ' 1 # »• J M ***** % ** ^*^ * 1 1 It is apart from the house: a building the size of two garages. It consists of a waiting-room, two consulting rooms and a dispensary. It is on the side of the hill which overlooks the river and the large wooded valley. From the other side of the valley it is almost too small to be visible. G. 44 »HI i * I «» iS^ff The consulting rooms do not seem clinical. They seem lived-in and cosy. But they are neater than most living-rooms and, despite their smallness, there is more clear space.

The sunshine, filtered through a tree in the orchard, played on the floor of the old woman's bedroom. She clambered out of bed and suffered a second attack. The doctor arrived within a quarter of an hour. Her lips were purple, her face clay-coloured. She died quickly, her hands very still. In the parlour the old man rocked on his feet. The doctor deliberately did not put out a hand to steady him. Instead he faced him. The older man was the taller by nine inches. The doctor said quietly, his eyes extra wide behind his spectacles, 'It would have been worse for her if she'd lived.

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