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 Anita Rachlis, who is Head of the Division of Infectious Disease and Medical Director of the Ambulatory HIV Clinic at Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.
What proverb, colloquial expression, or quote best describes how you view the world and yourself in it?
"Every cloud has a silver lining."
What activities, avocations, or hobbies interest you? Do you have a hidden talent?
I have a passion for travel and opera.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Santorini, the southernmost Cycladic island in the Aegean Sea, to watch the sun set over the Santorini Caldera.
Who are your mentors or real life heroes?
Michael Back, who inspired an interest to pursue a career in infectious diseases; Donald Cowan, my first physician-in-chief, who recognized the values of an infectious disease consultant; and Peter Ellis, the CEO of our hospital, who supported the need for an HIV clinic.
With what historical figure do you most identify?
Mohandas Gandhi as he was quoted, "We must become the change we want to see."
Who are your favorite authors, painters, and/or composers?
Authors -- Robert Ludlum and Robin Cook; Painters -- Chagall and Rembrandt; and Composers -- Mozart, Verdi, and Puccini
If you could have chosen to live during any time period in human history, which would it be?
The second half of the 20th century, because of the feminist movement providing women with equal opportunity.
If you did not have the option of becoming a physician, what would you have likely become given the opportunity?
I would likely have become a lawyer.
In your opinion, what are the greatest achievements and failures of humanity?
Human achievements include immunization and the Human Genome Project. Human failures include war and the constant abuse of human rights.
What is your prediction as to the future of our planet one full decade from present day?
In 10 years from now, I predict further destruction of the environment and destruction of the societal infrastructure in Africa. Ten years later, I predict worldwide immunization against HIV, the elimination of malaria and tuberculosis, and a prioritization by governments of the environment.
Back to the August 2002 issue of IAPAC Monthly.