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A Fortunate Woman
  1. William Arnold,
  2. Thalib Ehsan
  1. Department of Neurology, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr William Arnold, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester GL1 3NN, UK; william.arnold{at}

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Gloucester’s Neurology Book Club members were delighted to meet and discuss A Fortunate Woman by Polly Morland. The book pays homage to John Berger’s A Fortunate Man, previously discussed at our Club. Morland was inspired to write A Fortunate Woman after discovering a copy of Berger’s book while clearing her parents’ home, and realising that she now lived in the area described. Amazed by this coincidence, she shadowed her general practitioner (GP) for several months before writing this spiritual successor, which chronicles the life and career of her GP through a collection of vignettes.

Berger’s influence is noticeable throughout the book, from the documentarian narrative style of the consultations, to the stylistic similarities in the photography that illustrates the Gloucestershire countryside. Our members noted that the physical …

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  • Contributors Both authors were present for the Neurology Book Club discussion, and contributed to the composition of the review.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned. Internally peer reviewed.

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