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By John Berger, Jean Mohr

During this quietly progressive paintings of social commentary and clinical philosophy, Booker Prize-winning author John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr teach their gaze on an English nation health professional and discover a common man--one who has taken it upon himself to acknowledge his patient's humanity whilst affliction and the terror of demise have made them unrecognizable to themselves. within the impoverished rural neighborhood within which he works, John Sassall have a tendency the maimed, the loss of life, and the lonely. he isn't in basic terms the dispenser of therapies however the repository of stories. And as Berger and Mohr persist with Sassall approximately his rounds, they produce a ebook whose cautious aspect broadens right into a meditation at the price we assign a human lifestyles. First released thirty years in the past, A lucky Man continues to be relocating and deeply relevant--no different e-book 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; no longer because 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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