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A fortunate man : the story of a country doctor

Author: John Berger; Jean Mohr
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1997, ©1967.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Vintage International edView all editions and formats
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In this quietly revolutionary work of social observation and medical philosophy, Booker Prize-winning writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr train their gaze on an English country doctor and find a universal man--one who has taken it upon himself to recognize his patients humanity when illness and the fear of death have made them unrecognizable to themselves. In the impoverished rural community in which  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: John Sassall; John Sassall; John Sassall
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Berger; Jean Mohr
ISBN: 067973726X 9780679737261
OCLC Number: 36827663
Notes: Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston in 1967.
Description: 168 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: John Berger, Jean Mohr.

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In this quietly revolutionary work of social observation and medical philosophy, Booker Prize-winning writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr train their gaze on an English country doctor and find a universal man--one who has taken it upon himself to recognize his patients humanity when illness and the fear of death have made them unrecognizable to themselves. In the impoverished rural community in which he works, John Sassall tend the maimed, the dying, and the lonely. He is not only the dispenser of cures but the repository of memories. And as Berger and Mohr follow Sassall about his rounds, they produce a book whose careful detail broadens into a meditation on the value we assign a human life. First published thirty years ago, A Fortunate Man remains moving and deeply relevant--no other book has offered such a close and passionate investigation of the roles doctors play in their society.

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