Reminiscing about a post-mortem from 1981 and how it affected some of my research ideas!

Frank Pio Russo - November 02, 2018.

In 1981 I watched and participated to some extent, in a post-mortem at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH). Although my ideas on endocrinological imbalance, had not clearly been formed as yet - I think that what I saw back then, must have subconsciously influenced me into developing such research ideas, towards the end of that year (1981). Now with the benefit of my very good long term memory, I am revisiting that post-mortem for some considerations.

Although I was mainly dealing with "routine" testing up till 1980, and not doing a great deal of research - everything changed from 1981 onwards! It was as if I'd been inspired like the fictional character from "The secret of my success", where Michael J Fox had a very boring job and decided to spice it up by taking-up an alternate ID, where he would carry-on as a top executive - in the same building - and mix with all the top people in his spare time, after carrying out his normal other duties!

Well in 1981 I decided to go and watch an autopsy, to see what new ideas I could develop about human physiology! It was a post-mortem on a patient of 40 years of age by the surname of "Edwards". It was performed by Dr Rocca, who was a very pleasant pathologist from the IMVS division of Histopathology. I have recently tried to find some contact information for her to no avail - I guess she could have died or ended up in a nursing home... I guess it's even possible that she may have moved overseas. What I was after, was what ended-up as being the most probable cause of death, as I failed to chase that up 37 years ago. My first call to further my search for such info, was the "Records" section of the RAH, and seeing I was not a relative of the deceased, they put me onto the "Freedom of Information" section. The latter said that it was too long ago and she didn't think the results were available.

However I am very persistent and got in touch with the laboratory manager of the Histopathology Department, who I used to know having done some studying at the SA Institute of Technology together. He levelled with me and said that it was before the records went online, plus the equipment to access the earlier results - which were presumably on Microfiche or something equally primitive - had been damaged! It would have apparently costed about $100,000 for new, or to repair the equipment, and they had decided it was too costly to contemplate.

Anyway, I recall that during the autopsy I commented to Dr Rocca that the subject only had one testicle - she contradicted me and said that no, "he actually did have both of them". I of  course dropped the issue at the time, but I recently reconsidered the matter. It was the left testicle that I had thought was missing, but it apparently was very high up near the body and thus not very apparent! This was of course very abnormal as the left testicle is virtually always the one which is much lower down than the right one! And I would infer that it might have a lot of significance in relation to what may have caused Mr Edwards' death.

Towards the end of that year (1981), I developed my theory of "Endocrinological Imbalance", and maintained that in normal people the right testicle was high up near the body, to increase its activity and produce more hormones to attempt to balance the endocrinological imbalance that was present in everybody. Even women's hormones were apparently imbalanced, and seeing that the ovaries are internal - no temperature differential could be set-up! This is why 80% of adrenal adenomas were happening in women in 1981... (remember adrenals produce some similar hormones to testes). Furthermore, I also eventually speculated that people need to sleep to balance such an imbalance.

Naturally I would have been very interested in the actual results, that all the tests done on that autopsy subject, were showing. I would speculate that perhaps, some sort of hormone producing cancer may have been present, such that the imbalance may have gone in the opposite direction to the norm, and that both the supposed cancer and the marked overt imbalance of hormones , may have resulted in his death.

I hope you've enjoyed my trip down "memory lane"... It's really great to have a very good long term memory, and I still hope that somebody may come-up with some of the other details of that autopsy.

Frank Pio Russo.

Ps. - Perhaps it may be a deadly combination if one had both the teste and adrenal from the same side missing, as no correction could take place.

 

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