Martin Clunes as Doc Martin in TV Series
One of my favorite TV series is “Doc Martin”. The fictional surgeon resides in an idyllic village on the coast of England. He is brilliant but socially disabled and is required to engage with the realities of a peculiar community. It is painfully honest and funny.
The memoir, Admissions, by Henry Marsh is a real narrative of the life of an English surgeon. There was a resonance of his story with my experiences and some new insights. What is resonant is his love of his vocation and the beauty he sees around him. His “admissions” are delivered as a kind of public confessional.
An important insight of his surgical life is the critical importance of community. Upon retirement he finds meaning by being trust into communities in Nepal and Ukraine. Even though he is dislocated from his own culture, he finds and describes the beauty of these places. It is a series of pilgrimages that he describes with upmost candor. He returns to England in a better place than when he left.
Thanks for these lives and stories of healing.
“Doc Martin” TV Series
Marsh, H. (2017). Admissions: Life as a Brain Surgeon (1 ed.). Thomas Dunne Books.
Hage, M. L. (2013). Rounds are Over!