By John Berger
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 medical professional and discover a common man--one who has taken it upon himself to acknowledge his patient's humanity whilst ailment and the phobia 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 demise, and the lonely. he isn't in simple terms the dispenser of remedies however the repository of stories. And as Berger and Mohr stick to Sassall approximately his rounds, they produce a e-book whose cautious aspect broadens right into a meditation at the worth we assign a human lifestyles. First released thirty years in the past, A lucky guy is still relocating and deeply relevant--no different publication has provided one of these shut and passionate research of the jobs medical professionals play of their society."In modern letters John Berger turns out to me peerless; now not given that 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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No answer. ' She nodded. ' She shook her head. ' 3i The doctor paused. ' D o you remember that rash you used to get on your turn? '. 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.
When the daughter suddenly switched the light on, the doctor and the old man were dazzled. For each of them it was like finding himself on a stage. The familiar furniture was part of a stage set and both had to play roles which were utterly strange to what they thought of as their true nature. Both would have grasped any chance of reverting to the normal truth. The old man sat down with an overcoat across his knees. 'She has pneumonia now,' the doctor said, 'and she must take another medicine beside the ones I gave you this morning.
What resolves the contradiction and, in resolving it, places the whole drama on a level incomparably higher and more noble than the average petty life of self-seeking advancement, is the ideal of service. This ideal has a double meaning. The Service stands for all those traditional values which a privileged few who have faced and met the challenge esteem: esteem not as an abstract principle but as the very condition of practising their craft efficiently. And at the same time service also stands for the responsibility which the few must always carry for the many who depend upon them - the passengers, the crew, the traders, the ship-owners, the brokers.
A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor by John Berger