The Doctor Is Still In

This post first appeared as “Ohio Doctor Still Practices at 100” on The Shmooze blog at the Forward.

Dr. Fred Goldman, who celebrated his 100th birthday on December 11, is still going strong — not by relaxing in retirement, but by working. Goldman is the oldest licensed physician practicing medicine in Ohio.

The doctor still works three full days a week, seeing patients in his non-computerized office (he calls it “the dump”), and in their homes. “If they’re sick and can’t leave home, I go to see them,” he told a reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Goldman has outlived most of his patients, as well as his beloved wife of 60 years, Esther, who died of a brain tumor in 1998. When one of the many guests at a surprise birthday party asked him how it felt to be 100, he said he didn’t feel any different than before. “Most people my age can’t feel anything,” he said. “They’re dead.”

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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