I am writing to express my shock at the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine for suspending the license of Dr. Meryl Nass, a doctor of great skill and integrity, and one who is true to her Hippocratic oath to first do no harm.

I’m a resident of Owls Head and a virologist and a microbiologist with seven years at Brandeis University and many years of experience in medicine. Dr. Nass was instrumental in treating me at a time when the only advice in midcoast Maine was to quarantine, take Tylenol and ibuprofen and – if still sick after two weeks – be admitted to the hospital. This, when therapeutics were still available and highly effective. Not in hospital protocols.

Dr. Nass did exactly what she needed to do to help me through the delta variant when no one in emergency care could be bothered. Within a day of my contacting her, my health was restored and I continue to thrive.

No doctor should be censured for doing what they, as doctors, pledged to do. The state is on the wrong side of this issue, and I hope they will weigh the consequences carefully, both ethically and legally. We can’t afford to lose such a principled, caring doctor.

Meg Gaunce
Owls Head

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