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

By John Berger

During this quietly progressive paintings of social statement and clinical philosophy, Booker Prize-winning author John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr educate their gaze on an English kingdom physician and discover a common man--one who has taken it upon himself to acknowledge his patient's humanity while ailment and the terror of dying have made them unrecognizable to themselves. within the impoverished rural neighborhood during which he works, John Sassall have a tendency the maimed, the loss of life, and the lonely. he isn't in basic terms the dispenser of remedies however the repository of thoughts. And as Berger and Mohr keep on with Sassall approximately his rounds, they produce a e-book whose cautious element broadens right into a meditation at the price 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 the sort 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 in view that Lawrence has there been a author who deals such attentiveness to the sensual global with responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience."--Susan Sontag

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He had done just that - using illness and medical dangers as they used the sea. He began to realize that he must face his imagination, even explore it. It must no longer lead always to the 'unimaginable', as it had 56 with the Master Mariners contemplating the possible fury of the elements - or, as in his case, to his contemplating only fights within the jaws of death itself. ) He began to realize that imagination had to be lived with on every level: his own imagination first - because otherwise this could distort his observation - and then the imagination of his patients.

She wheezed as she breathed, especially when breathing out. The doctor stood looking and then asked for a cupful of warm water and cotton wool. As he injected morphia into her upper arm, she flinched a little. Strange that suffering so much pain in her chest she should flinch at the pin-prick. With the warm water and cotton wool he cleaned away the little droplet of blood from her worn, large arm, the colour of stone or bread, as though it had acquired the colour through its scrubbing and baking.

The doctor also gave her some sleeping pills - for her father as well as her mother. They would at least sleep tonight under the same drug. The old man, whilst the doctor was explaining the medicines to the daughter, sat looking in front of him, his hands clutching and unclutching the heavy material of the overcoat across his knees. When the doctor had finished his explanations, there \ras a silence. Neither father nor daughter moved to show him out or ask when he would be coming again. They simply waited.

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