A Fortunate Man

A Fortunate Man

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In 1966 John Berger spent three months in the Forest of Dean shadowing an English country GP, John Sassall. Sassall is a fortunate man - his work occupies and fulfils him, he lives amongst the patients he treats, the line between his life and his work is happily blurred. In A Fortunate Man, Berger's text and the photography of Jean Mohr reveal with extraordinary intensity the life of a remarkable man. It is a portrait of one selfless individual and the rural community for which he became the hub. Drawing on psychology, biography and medicine A Fortunate Man is a portrait of sacrifice. It is also a profound exploration of what it means to be a doctor, to serve a community and to heal. With a new introduction by novelist and GP, Gavin Francis.WhenI was working as anewly qualified doctor it became my habitto give copies asgifts. ... his job.a#39;Wereceived a marvellous essayfrom an Indian writer called Victor Anant, a#39;he told me, a#39;called a€œAn English ... enthusiast of an unfashionable ideal a€“ the Renaissance dream of aspiringto universal knowledge and experience.

Title:A Fortunate Man
Author: John Berger
Publisher:Canongate Books - 2015-02-05

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