In the Life: Renslow Sherer
What proverb, colloquial expression, or quote best describes how you view the world and yourself in it?
"No matter how high or great the throne, what sits on it is the same as your own."
What activities, avocations, or hobbies interest you? Do you have a hidden talent?
No, my talents -- both of them -- are right out there for all to see. It's my many faults and foibles that I try to keep hidden, mostly unsuccessfully. I love music of all kinds: Playing, singing, listening, and dancing to it ... I think music is a huge part of life, and always has been very important to my family and me. It's also one of America's greatest strengths, and most valuable exports.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
In my home, with my wife, Deb, and my family.
Who are your mentors or real life heroes?
I'd have to say Jonathan Mann, for all of the energy and inspiration he gave me over the years. And Quentin Young, Bobby Cohen, Jack Raba, and Pat Logan, who taught me how to be a county hospital doctor; and Ron Sable, Gordy Schiff, and Mardge Cohen, the most principled people I have ever known.
With what historical figure do you most identify?
Who are your favorite authors, painters, and/or composers?
Authors: I have a fondness for Larry McMurtry, John LeCarre, Pablo Neruda, and Arundati Roy. What's the deal with this question excluding musicians? Anyway, there are too many to list: Bonnie Raitt and Jeffrey Oryema, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and Ravi Shankar, Ludwig van Beethoven and the Blind Boys of Alabama, Patsy Kline and Carlos Santana, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Gillian Welch, Louis Armstrong and Ben Folds, David Byrne and Johan Sebastian Bach, the Beach Boys and Billie Holliday, Peter Gabriel and John Coltrane and Aretha Franklin ... The best music, though, is the tune you just finished playing, and the one you're about to begin.
If you could have chosen to live during any time period in human history, which would it be?
This one right here.
If you did not have the option of becoming a physician, what would you have likely become, given the opportunity?
A musician, or maybe a cook.
In your opinion, what are the greatest achievements and failures of humanity?
Achievements: Elimination of smallpox and, on a smaller scale, the reversal of the Chicago River, which was a great public health achievement in alleviating typhoid fever. Also, the fact that women put up with men ... Failure: Negligence toward the HIV epidemic and preventable childhood illnesses in the developing world by the developed world, as well as the failure of men and women to rise above our dark sides.
What is your prediction as to the future of our planet one full decade from present day?
I'd like to think that the growing idea that loss of life in the developing world to preventable and treatable conditions is unacceptable will continue to grow and spread. This will continue to encourage not only an effort to provide antiretroviral drugs, but also to fight malaria and tuberculosis, preventable childhood diseases, and, finally, poverty and starvation in the world.
This article was provided by International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care. It is a part of the publication IAPAC Monthly.