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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 176 pages, numerous b&w integrated photos
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 05/02/2015
- Category: Prose: non-fiction
- ISBN: 9781782115014