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In the Life: Rodica Matusa

October 2002

Rodica Matusa

Vanity Fair readers have every month since 1993 enjoyed The Proust Questionnaire, a series of questions posed to celebrities and other famous subjects. The Vanity Fair questionnaire -- modeled after a questionnaire Marcel Proust was asked to fill out in the late 1800s -- reveals much about the respondents' lives, thoughts, values, and experiences. In May 2002, IAPAC Monthly introduced "In the Life," through which IAPAC will feature members who have been asked to bare their souls through their answers to ten questions.

This month, IAPAC Monthly is proud to feature Rodica Matusa, who is Director of the Pediatric AIDS Ward at the Constanta Municipal Hospital in Romania.

What proverb, colloquial expression, or quote best describes how you view the world and yourself in it?

"For everyone there is a place in this world, and everyone has a destiny."

What activities, avocations, or hobbies interest you?


If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I could not live in another place.

Who are your mentors or real life heroes?

My mother, whose goodness and wish for perfection characterized her.

With what historical figure do you most identify?

I do not identify with any historical figure.

Who are your favorite authors, painters, and/or composers?

Painter: Vincent Van Gogh; Composer: Beethoven

If you could have chosen to live during any time period in human history, which would it be?

The period between the two World Wars -- 1920-1940.

If you did not have the option of becoming a physician, what would you have likely become given the opportunity?

A diplomat.

What is your prediction as to the future of our planet one full decade from present day?

Within the next decade, I predict life will be approximately the same as today. After another decade, I predict an extra-planetary civilization.

Back to the October 2002 issue of IAPAC Monthly.

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This article was provided by International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care. It is a part of the publication IAPAC Monthly.