Prof Giangaspero has always been like this: the true teacher, capable of unique intuitions, but also of listening to our ideas and our small requests as clinicians. He explained to us, never losing his patience, why diseases, especially tumors of the central nervous system, were like this and not different, they caused trouble in the brains of our children, sometimes they could be cured, and other times only described and classified accurately, but they would have had an extraordinary aggressiveness. Like us, he wanted to know more and better, clear up things, not only with the right ambition of the scientist, but also with the slightly irrational stubbornness of clinicians who would like correct treatments and cure for everyone.
In fact, he knew how to enter into the clinical context and the knowledge of each of us pediatric oncologists with refined attention, without judging us for our ignorance and for our questions, sometimes out of tune and often too insistent. There was no way to end a conversation or even a short meeting with Felice without having learned something.
If he granted you his friendship, he was also surprising and full of kindness in this field: he communicated His passions and was interested in those of others, he was curious and loved laughing. He had also culture in his emotions and was sincerely interested about his interlocutor. There was no scientific occasion in which He did not also propose a friendly parenthesis: an exhibition that could be visited, an interesting neighborhood for a walk, a book or movie to share and discuss.
His cultural and friendship spaces were the world: it is useless to list here his fundamental contributions and the milestones he placed in the heritage of Neurology and Neuro-oncology. Fortunately, his writings will speak for a long time to us and to all international colleagues.
Written by Dr Maura Massimino