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British Columbia Medical Journal - November 2010: Proust questionnaire: Erik T. Paterson, MD


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  • 1. BC MEDICAL JOURNAL VOL. 52 NO. 9, NOVEMBER 2010 www.bcmj.org490 What profession might you have pursued, if not for medicine? Aerospace engineering. Which talent would you most like to have? Playing bagpipes. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Initiatingandbringingthepubliccam- paign against BC Hydro’s Kootenay Diversion Project to a successful con- clusion. Who are your heroes? Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Steven Hawking, and Abram Hoffer. Dr Paterson is a GP in Creston. What is your idea of perfect happiness? Now that’s way too personal. What is your greatest fear? Human extinction. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? “Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?” What characteristic do your favorite patients share? They are open with their problems. Which living physician do you most admire? Dr John O’Brien-Bell. On what occasion do you lie? When truth would do more harm. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “Tell me about it.” The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized by Marcel Proust, the French essay- ist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an indivi- dual reveals his or her true nature. Tell us a bit about yourself. Please complete and submit a Proust Questionnaire—your colleagues will appreciate it. Online questionnaire. Complete and submit it online. E-mail E-mail us and we’ll send you a blank MS Word document to complete and return. Print questionnaire. Print a copy from our web site, complete it, and either fax (604 638-2917) or mail it (BCMJ 115-1665 West Broad- way, Vancouver BC V6J 5A4). Mail 604 638-2858. Call us and we’ll mail you a copy to com- plete and return by mail (BCMJ 115-1665 West Broadway, Vancouver BC V6J 5A4). back page What medical advance do you most anticipate? Acceptanceoftheefficacyofnutrients. What is your most marked characteristic? Tenacity. What do you most value in your colleagues? Acceptance of my idiosyncrasies. Who are your favorite writers? John Buchan, Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur C. Clarke, Ian Rankin. What is your greatest regret? Selling our first house when we did. If we had kept it, I could have retired upon its proceeds years later. How would you like to die? Like Alfred Nobel, laughing. What is your motto? Never give up. Proust questionnaire: Erik T. Paterson, MD