Getting to know the MJLH: Adrian Thorogood, Editor-in-Chief

Posted By Rosel Kim – Aug. 31, 2012

Introducing Adrian Thorogood, Editor-in-Chief

1. Pourquoi le droit de la santé?

I applied to medical school years ago, and had a creeping realization that my sense of humor, quarrelsomeness, and literary panache were going to be wildly underappreciated in the medical profession. Plus, I hate wearing Crocs. The doctors I know all wear Crocs. I worked briefly in public health research, but, as an irrepressible polymath, I felt constrained by the narrow scope of our investigations. Then I stumbled across health law – a fascinating, multi-disciplinary field that really challenges you to understand every angle of a problem, a field of study where I found my background could be put to use.

2. What was your favourite MJLH moment?

There are really too many to count. The relief of finishing my first issue as English Executive Editor remains unparalleled. I also remain proud of my Churchillian election speech (We will “cite” them on the beaches). My yearly argument with fellow journal member Marie-Laure Tapp at the Health Law Colloquium is always a highlight; especially when it degenerates from highfalutin policy debate to unhinged, personal vituperations.

3.  What is the quirkiest thing about McGill law?

Professor Muñiz-Fraticelli. Oh, and CEGEP kids. They’re like brilliant little gremlins, always running about with fastidiously packed lunch boxes and charming naiveté.

4.  Qu’est-ce que vous avez fait cet été?

Despite my old age and recent knee surgery, I’ve had something of an athletic renaissance this summer. I’ve been a fixture with the Montreal Wanderers rugby club, helping them secure the league championship. In June, I biked 1000km around the Gaspé peninsula. I’m also running my first triathlon in early September.

5. What are you doing when you’re not at the journal or at law school?

I work part time doing legal research at the Centre of Genomics and Policy, where I help to assure that genetic information will be kept confidential by medical researchers, cancer will be cured, and humans won’t be cloned. What scraps of free time remain I spend contemplating the banality of my existence and trying to get the attention of famous people on twitter (@adrianthorogood – please follow!).

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