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Diary of a village doctor

I had the chance to witness a patient home visit of the doctor of the small town situated in west of Turkey a couple of years ago, a small aegean town called Karaburun. I saw the eagerness and the passion in the eyes of the doctor. It became then my strong wish to photograph him during his patient visits in Karaburun villages and I had the chance to get his and villagers' approval to take photographs during his visits. I travelled with him several times in different seasons, to the semi-populated villages where most of the inhabitants were elderly people and to temporary camps with seasonal workers within 50 kilometres. I wanted to document the hard work of an idealist doctor in a region so near to modern city of Izmir but at the same time so remote from big city's facilities. Many of the patients didnt have the opportunity to reach the health centre and mostly they needed constant control because of their old age. My work was focused mainly on the modest and community oriented doctor but on the background there was the big panorama of poor but cheerful people in the visited homes and sites. In a way the doctor and his assistant were not only healers but part of daily life and social expectation.Sometimes I felt in the time tunnel with these simple living people, half ruined stone houses, and the land signs of once turco-greek cohabitance occured dating to early 20th century era.

I would like to reach general audience to show humanistic approaches and simplicity still exist in health care versus high technology. And there are still unknown heroes in modern times like this healer, everywhere on the globe.

 

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