British Columbia Medical Journal - November 2010: Proust questionnaire: Erik T. Paterson, MD
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What profession might you
have pursued, if not for
Which talent would you most
like to have?
What do you consider your
paign against BC Hydro’s Kootenay
Diversion Project to a successful con-
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
Now that’s way too personal.
What is your greatest fear?
What is the trait you most
deplore in yourself?
“Why do today what you can put off
What characteristic do your
favorite patients share?
They are open with their problems.
Which living physician do you
Dr John O’Brien-Bell.
On what occasion do you lie?
When truth would do more harm.
Which words or phrases do you
“Tell me about it.”
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answering these questions, an indivi-
dual reveals his or her true nature.
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What medical advance do you
What is your most marked
What do you most value in your
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