Every Friday morning, Helen C. Davies, a 93-year-old Professor of Microbiology at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, sets off punctually at 7:45 a.m. to the infectious disease management meeting at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Helen, who insists people call her by first name, can’t remember how long she has been attending these meetings.
“For a mighty long time,” according to her. But what she can remember is that she used to be able to walk freely to these meetings -then with a cane. Now, she wheels.
“How are you today, Helen?” greets a senior physician in the elevator concourse.