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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 state health professional and discover a common man--one who has taken it upon himself to acknowledge his patient's humanity while disorder and the terror of loss of life have made them unrecognizable to themselves. within the impoverished rural group within which he works, John Sassall have a tendency the maimed, the demise, and the lonely. he's not basically the dispenser of therapies however the repository of stories. And as Berger and Mohr persist with Sassall approximately his rounds, they produce a booklet whose cautious element broadens right into a meditation at the worth we assign a human existence. First released thirty years in the past, A lucky guy continues to be relocating and deeply relevant--no different booklet has provided this sort of 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 on account that Lawrence has there been a author who bargains such attentiveness to the sensual global with responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience."--Susan Sontag

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For a moment it seemed that the 2 7 stairs and the parlour were part of the outbuildings, unlit, unheated, belonging to the animals now stabled for the night. It seemed that the ^ome was reduced to the four-poster bed in the lighted room above, where the old woman, the soft whiteness of whose breast had never changed, was dying. 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.

44 »HI i * I «» iS^ff The consulting rooms do not seem clinical. They seem lived-in and cosy. But they are neater than most living-rooms and, despite their smallness, there is more clear space. This is the working area where the patient is examined or treated or manipulated. The rooms remind one of a ship's officer's cabin. There is the same cosiness, the same ingenuity in fitting many things into a small space, the same odd juxtaposition of domestic furniture and personal effects with instruments and appliances.

4 He just can't take any liquid at all now. He can't drink. He hasn't taken a drop since yesterday breakfast. And he keeps on falling asleep. Right in the middle of my talking to him he just falls off - I don't know what to do. ' The doctor smiles into the phone. Yet, just conceivably, if almost impossibly, the sleeping might be the beginning of a diabetic coma: the diabetes made manifest by the urinary infection. To be certain he must do another blood test for sugar. At that gate where the badger stood, he pauses and looks down at the view with which they fell in love, and then he remembers her saying in a more intense, more sibilant voice than her ordinary one: 'All we've got is each other.

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