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Hitler's Last Illness

As David Irving first established with his publication in 1983 of The Secret Diaries of Hitler's Doctor (William Morrow, New York, 1983) Hitler had contracted Parkinonism during the closing months of World War II, and was being treated in his final month, April 1945, by Dr Theodor Morell with two exotic, belladonna-based drugs indicated only for this medical condition.


The Miami Herald
Monday, May 17, 1999

Why mention Hitler?

THE May 14 Herald article Reno becomes a role model for living with Parkinon's was great except for one thing. Why was it necessary to mention that a mad man such as Adolf Hitler probably suffered with Parkinson's disease?

The article was interesting and informative, but I can't understand for the life of me why Hitler needed to be mentioned.

Clara Mahoney



1. If one of the Twentieth Century's most profiled personalities is discovered to have been suffering from one of mankind's most debilitating and puzzling brain defects -- the opposite of schizophrenia -- it surely merits more than a footnote in the history books.

2. To describe Hitler as a "mad man" is not clinically accurate; altogether twelve of his doctors and medical staff were closely questioned by the Allies after the war, and eleven concluded that there were none of the usual symptoms of mental incapacity (other than those of Parkinonism); the twelfth, the surgeon Professor Hanskarl von Hasselbach, had been summarily dismissed by Hitler in October 1944 for breaching medical confidences, and did not examine him as an expert on psychiatry.

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