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

By John Berger

ISBN-10: 067973726X

ISBN-13: 9780679737261

During this quietly progressive paintings of social statement and scientific philosophy, Booker Prize-winning author John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr teach their gaze on an English nation health professional and discover a common man--one who has taken it upon himself to acknowledge his patient's humanity while affliction and the terror 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 demise, and the lonely. he isn't simply the dispenser of therapies however the repository of stories. And as Berger and Mohr stick with Sassall approximately his rounds, they produce a booklet whose cautious element broadens right into a meditation at the worth we assign a human existence. First released thirty years in the past, A lucky guy is still relocating and deeply relevant--no different ebook has provided this type of 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 due to the fact Lawrence has there been a author who bargains such attentiveness to the sensual international with responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience."--Susan Sontag

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He was scarcely ever in the surgery. He imagined himself as a sort of mobile one-man hospital. He performed appendix and hernia operations on kitchen tables. He delivered babies in caravans. It would almost be true to say that he sought out accidents. He had no patience with anything except emergencies or serious illness. When a man continued to complain but had no dangerous symptoms, he reminded himself of the endurance of the Greek peasants and the needs of those in 'very real distress', and so recommended more exercise and, if possible, a cold bath before breakfast.

He was stirred - like many boys of his class and generation - 52 by the ideal of a moral example which might shame the opportunism of his elders. In fact by the age of fifteen he had decided to become a doctor rather than a sailor. His father was a dentist and consequently he had the opportunity of meeting doctors socially. When he was fourteen he was already hanging round the dispensary of the local doctor: nominally helping to wrap up medicine bottles, actually trying to listen to the consultations taking place in the next room.

He leant forward in his chair towards her. ' She inclined her head farther towards her own consoling bosom. ' She laughed a little because he had noticed. ' The doctor took her temperature, looked at her throat and told her to stay in bed for two days. Then he resumed the conversation. ' She laughed and shook her head. Her face was grubby with tear stains. But around her eyes and in the muzzle of her face which terminates in her full lip-sticked lips there is evidence of the same force that has filled out her bust and her hips.

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