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A Journey Round My Skull by Frigyes Karinthy
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Mar 31, 2008

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While sitting in a Budapest café, writer Frigyes Karinthy (1887–1938) suddenly heard the roaring of a train, without there being a train station nearby. The roaring noise he heard over and over again turned out to be an auditory hallucination, and the writer’s calvary began.

Even though he fainted on several occasions and his eyesight deteriorated severely, first neither he nor his doctors suspected serious illness. But as his symptoms became more and more severe, he arrived at the conclusion that he must have brain tumor.

The self-diagnosis proved to be right (”I went from humorist to tumorist”, he recounted later), and he soon left for Stockholm to be operated by the most famous neurosurgeon of his times, Herbert Olivecrona.

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