Welcome back to my 17th page of WordPress.com Health Blog to which I have given the title “A Journey Round my Skull” as a preparation to my recollection of my Neurosurgical career from 1970 A.D. and as my humble dedication to the memory of the great Hungarian (Budapest-based) thinker, author, novelist, satirist, humourist, playwright, movie script writer, poet, journalist, political (Anti-Benito Mussolini / Anti-Hitler / Anti-Nazi Activist Jew and Anti-1920 Treaty of Trianon (which traumatised the Austro – Hungarian Empire – more of it below), social activist, nationalist, rationalist, translator and ” Famed Tumourist”(in his own dry humorous words) Frigyes Karinthy (First name Frigyes is the Hungarian form of FREDERICK ; Surname Karinthy ssociated with Carinthia – pre-indogermanic root “car” meaning “rock” – the southernmost Austrian state or Land. Situated within the Eastern Alps) (25 June 1887 – 29 August 1938) (who is known as the first proponent of the six degrees of separation concept, in his 1929 short story, Chains (Láncszemek) and who wrote in 1937 the great medical autobiographic novel titled “A Journey Round my Skull” (aka “A Trip Round my Skull” adn “Utazás a koponyám körül” in his native Hungarian Language) a literary account of the development and successful removal of his (self-diagnosed) brain tumor by the famous Swedish Neurosurgeon Axel Herbert Olivecrona (July 11, 1891 – January 1980), (initially a trainee under Harvey Williams Cushing (April 8, 1869 – October 7, 1939) who was an American neurosurgeon who, together with Ernest Sachs, is known as the “Father of Modern Neuro(Brain, Spine and Nerves)surgery”) and later became) a Swedish professor and brain surgeon, credited with founding the field of Swedish neurosurgery, and pioneering developments in modern neurosurgery at the Karolinska Institutet (KI, unofficially known as the Karolinska Institute and in older English texts as the Royal Caroline Institute) which is a medical university in Solna within the Stockholm urban area, Sweden, and one of the largest and most prestigious medical universities in the world. (The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institutet awards the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; the KI also published the world’s first-ever largest epidemiological study in 2004, a scientific report, on the Radiation – Intense hazardous Mobile / cell(lular) phones producing brain tumours,
acoustic Schwannoma / Neurinoma, a benign tumour on the 8th Cranial Nerve (which is responsible for our Hearing and Balancing).
Like many Budapestans, patriotic citizens of Budapest, Karinthy was also sad and even angry with the surrounding bigger power-mongering and land-grabbing warlords countries like the Kingdom of Romania, the Czechoslovak Republic, and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and the mighty international war-mongering powers like UK, USA etc.,that, thanks to the World War I and World War II and the consequential Treaties – especially the Treaty of Trianon of 1920 which led to his once mighty Empire country, Austria-Hungary / Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was a multinational state and one of the world’s great powers at the time, geographically the second-largest country in Europe after the Russian Empire, at 621,538 km2 (239,977 sq mi), and the third-most populous (after Russia and the German Empire) and which built up the fourth-largest machine building industry of the world, after the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland being repeatedly traumatised, cut into pieces many of which were given away for being annexed into other neighbouring countries and ultimatly was left behind, in Karithy’s time, as a landlocked state covering 93,073 square kilometres (35,936 sq mi), only 28% of the 325,411 square kilometres (125,642 sq mi) that had constituted the pre-war Kingdom of Hungary (the Hungarian half of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy); its population was reduced to 7.6 million, only 36% of the pre-war kingdom’s population of 20.9 million; the treaty limited Hungary’s army to 35,000 officers and men, while the Austro-Hungarian Navy ceased to exist; Hungary also had to pay war reparations to its neighbours!!
Karinthy was not alone in having such remorse against wars, treaties and nations being traumatised; thousands of his compatriots and contemporaries were with him. The situation was so bad that when any security person asked somebody what his / her nationality was, he or she may grope inside his head (brain) and may even give the wrong answer, resulting in him / her being framed, ostracised and even executed as a traitor / spy etc., One such person traumatised by wars was Sándor Igyártó, a retired customs officer who is a Ukrainian citizen of Hungarian origin who said wrily, “My grandfather lived in five different countries without ever leaving his home village!”!
Any war is a war against humanity! And Albert Einstein, the world’s Second Greatest Scientist (second only to the First Greatest Sir.Isaac Newton) and a great Peace & Anti-war Activist, once remarked, “I do not know how the Third World War will be fought, but I can tell you what they will use in the Fourth — rocks!”!
Hey, maybe, I should stop this page here and continue with Karinthy in the next page.
“Good Bye (God Be with You!)! So long!”; Sayonara!” and “じゃあまたね!” / “Jā matane (See you later!)” to my Japanese friends,bowing reciprocally and endlessly like them (See a good video of Japanese Bowing at https://www.tofugu.com/japan/bowing-in-japan/)!; “Adios!” and “Hasta la Vista” (See you later!) to my Spanish readers, “Adeus!” and “Ate Logo!” to my Portuguese colleagues, “”Adieu!”, “Au Revoir!” and “À bientôt! (See You Soon!)” to my French friends, and “Ciao!” to my Italian well-wishers! Of course “अलविदा1 Alvidaa!” to my compatriots, all Indians and “சென்று வருகிறேன்! I Shall Come Back!” in my native mother tongue, Tamil Language, (spanning the 5th century BCE to the 8th century CE) considered as ancient if not more ancient than Hebrew, Greek, Latin and the Indo-Aryan Sanskrit (meaning “Refined Speech”) Language, the primary sacred language of Hinduism, almost fossilised and only continues to be widely used as a ceremonial language in Hindu religious rituals and Buddhist practice in the form of hymns and chants, though revived as a spoken / conversational language recently in some Indian villages.
I am, of course, proud of my language – of course not a fanatic “If somebody scandalises Tamil, I won’t spare him even if my mother tries to stop me!” – some people have even sacrified their sweet young lives in mass agitations to preserve the esteemed status of Tamil! I bow my head, in humble obeisance, here to their sacred memories! Long Live Tamil and Tamils!