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

By John Berger

During this quietly innovative paintings of social remark and clinical philosophy, Booker Prize-winning author John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr teach their gaze on an English nation physician and discover a common man--one who has taken it upon himself to acknowledge his patient's humanity whilst sickness and the phobia of dying have made them unrecognizable to themselves. within the impoverished rural group during which he works, John Sassall have a tendency the maimed, the loss of life, and the lonely. he isn't merely the dispenser of therapies however the repository of thoughts. And as Berger and Mohr stick with Sassall approximately his rounds, they produce a ebook whose cautious aspect broadens right into a meditation at the worth we assign a human lifestyles. First released thirty years in the past, A lucky guy continues to be relocating and deeply relevant--no different ebook 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; now not when you consider that Lawrence has there been a author who bargains such attentiveness to the sensual global with responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience."--Susan Sontag

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But that isn't the end of the story. The badger has come to stay I think. He's invited himself. You remember the deep snow we had last winter, I don't know what we'd have done then without Mr Hornby, he cleared the path through the wood, otherwise you just couldn't get through, it was up to my waist, and it was very cold too, the cold was cruel, anyway as I was saying in the night I used to hear something on the roof, something moving about, 39 I woke up Hugh several times and he said it was the snow shifting but I knew it wasn't because it was too cold you see for the snow to be moving, and in the morning I went to look and do you know there were his footsteps in the snow on the roof, would you believe it?

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.

It has two sheets on it and an electric blanket. Whenever patients are due, Sassall switches the blanket on a quarter of an hour beforehand, so that if a patient has to strip and be examined, it will not strike as cold. He has a fastidious sense for detail. He is a short man; the chair in which the patients sit is exactly six inches lower than his own chair by the desk. ' As his hand comes down, holding the syringe, he opens his little finger and with the side of his hand flicks hard against the skin by the side of where the needle will go in a fraction of a second later, and this distracts the patient from registering the prick of the needle.

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