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Balogh, Ernő


(B. August 11th 1890, Nagyszalonta. – D. 24th November, 1964, Budapest)

Dean: 1933/34 - 1934/35

Having graduated as a doctor on 2nd December 1913, Ernő Balogh became assistant, then senior lecturer at the Budapest-seated 1st Institute of Pathology. In 1923 he acquired the title of privatdozent in the field of pathology of infectious diseases. A state scholarship allowed him to study in the United States in 1924/25. Balogh first taught in Szeged as professor extraordinarius of pathology in 1925, then became professor ordinarius one year later.

With this title he returned to the Institute of Pathology in Budapest in 1927. From 1934 on, he became head of the experimental cancer research institute that was founded as part of his institute, and, in the meantime he was leading the department library as teacher-president.

On 15 May 1942 the Hungarian Academy of Sciences accepted him as corresponding member. In 1945 he was removed from his job and until 1950 was allowed to work only as a registrar at the Institute of Oncology. The Academy relegated him to counselling member on 31th October 1949.

His correspondent membership was restored only on 9th May 1989. In 1950 Balogh was appointed consultant of pathology at Heim Pál Children’s Hospital, where he was active until his death. He was a cancer researcher of international fame while studying the pathology of infectious diseases, and those caused by parasites; as well as tissue abnormalities due to anoxaemia, altitude collapse and the closing devices of pulmonary arteries.

(Major works: Biological evaluation of tissue abnormalities in infectious diseases. Szeged, 1926.; Pyogenic bacterial partner infections of TBC patients. In: Medical Training, 1927.; On certain border-line issues of cancer and TBC. In:Medical training, 1930.; The effect of radiotherapy on the tissue structure of cancer. In: Medical Archives, 1930.; Examining the natural resistance of the organism against acute infections. In: Works of the Hungarian Association of Pathologists. Bp. 1932.; The clinician’s conclusions of experimental cancer research. In: Medical Training, 1935.; Further biophysical methods presenting malformations of cells and tissues. In: Medical Training, 1939.; Causation of general tuberculoid infection in especially resistant animals. In: Works of the Hungarian Association of Pathologists. Bp., 1941.; Pathophysiological and experimental pathological conclusions of primary pulmonary cancers. Bp., 1941.; The origin of infection –in view of the pathological conditions of primary tissue demonstrable in experiments. In: Mathematical and Science Dissertations,1942.)