Dr John Sassall was an English country doctor in a rural community called the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. He was also the subject of a book called A Fortunate Man, first published in 1967. The writer John Berger and a photographer shadowed Dr Sassall for six weeks and chronicled his rounds of his patients, and the enormous lengths that he went to care for them.
The book was made into a play that went on tour in Britain and, recently, in Singapore where I saw it. There was a discussion at the end of the play with the cast of two and the director and producer; and a question that arose was whether the kind of intense and close-up doctoring that Dr Sassal practised as a GP in rural England then is possible in modern-day medical practice.