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The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature. Here is a version of the questionnaire modified for physicians.

Feel free to skip questions, but please answer at least 15. This survey should be completed only by British Columbian physicians.

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1. Name

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2. City or town

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3. What profession might you have pursued, if not medicine?

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4. Which talent would you most like to have?

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5. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

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6. Who are your heroes?

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7. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

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8. What is your greatest fear?

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9. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

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10. What characteristic do your favorite patients share?

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11. Which living physician do you most admire?

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12. What is your favorite activity?

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13. On what occasion do you lie?

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14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

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15. Where would you most like to practise?

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16. What technological medical advance do you most anticipate?

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17. What is your most marked characteristic?

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18. What do you most value in your colleagues?

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19. Who are your favorite writers?

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20. What is your greatest regret?

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21. How would you like to die?

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22. What is your motto?

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