The story of an art collector traveling to various antique shops for treasures. He finds a beautiful portrait of a young doctor. The curator of the small shop tells the tale of the young country doctor who founds himself invested in a new town at the time Cholera hit with a vengeance. A beautiful tale of the heroic efforts of healthcare workers even in the face of extreme ignorance, both of themselves and their patients.
This is likely the most timely of stories too, since we’re currently experiencing our own health crisis. Likely the best story I’ve read this year.
The New Yorker, May 4, 2020
May 9th, 2020