A Fortunate Man
  • Pages: 176
  • ISBN: 9781782115038
  • Publisher: Canongate
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Introduction: Gavin Francis
  • Photographs: Jean Mohr

A Fortunate Man

The Story of a Country Doctor

John Berger
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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.



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