Biography of Nicholas Hajdu
Nicholas Hajdu was born in Ogyalla, a region of north-western Hungary which later became part of Czechoslovakia. Hajdu graduated in medicine in Prague in 1934 and worked in the first clinic for medical diseases there until 1939. In was hare that he first became interested in radiology, since he had the task of screening schizophrenics who were checked for tuberculosis before treatment with hypoglycaemic shock. It was here that he first became interested in radiology, since he had the task of screening schizophrenics who were checked for tuberculosis before treatment with hypoglycaemic shock.
He was unsupervised and he recalls the eerie sensation of being surrounded by a dozen of such patients in a room filled with unguarded high tension cables which when the pilot light failed would be plunged into complete darkness.
He migrated to England and requalified in medicine there and spent a year in general practice before enrolling in the British government scheme to train radiologists for the armed forces. This took place at the St. George's Hospital where he was appointed as an assistant radiologist in 1947. In 1949 he became consultant radiologist at St. George's Hospital and Victoria Hospital for Children, London. He remained at St. George's for 25 years.
In 1964 he was granted recognition as teacher of radiology in the Faculty of Medicine, University of London and continued in this capacity for several years after retirement in 1973. He also remained active in private radiological practice.
Hajdu is a founder member of the European Society of Pediatric Radiology. He has written numerous articles on paediatric radiology, including the account of the disorder which now bears his name.