‘This Could Be the Last Thing I Do on Earth.’ A Michigan Doctor Was Going to Retire. Then Came the Coronavirus

Dr. Stanley M. Berry, 66, is a high-risk obstetrician at Wayne State University, volunteering to join critical care in Detroit

I was planning to retire and finish my novel in the next year or two. I’m essentially an obstetrician who specializes in high-risk pregnancy. I only work three days a week right now, and one of those days is for research and mentoring.

But Michigan needed to “repurpose” some physicians who were willing to volunteer to treat COVID-19 patients. I submitted my name. I haven’t been assigned yet, but if they tell me they need people in the emergency room, that’s where I’ll go. I still know how to listen to lungs and take a medical history and do a physical, so I can contribute there. I don’t know how this is going to play out, because I’m almost 67.


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