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.
Author: Berger, John
Title: A fortunate man: the story of a country doctor
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Comment (Prof John Cookson – HYMS)
Set in the Forest of Dean and a world away from General Practice now. Some wonderful photographs. Sadly, the protagonist committed suicide