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Adolf Hitler - 1933-1945 - The Psychopathic God

Hitler was an extraordinarily complex and complicated person. There are probably few people about whom more words have been written than Adolf Hitler. Hitler's Germany almost ruled the entire world, and has remained the subject of innumerable books, movies, and television programs. The career of Adolf Hitler was an unparalleled demonstration of the acquisition, use, and abuse of power. Hitler's personality structure, though falling within the normal range, may be described as of the paranoid type with delusions of persecution and of grandeur. But Hitler was not simply a psychopathic maniac; rather, he was a compelling speaker and visionary who was able to to stir German nationalism, draw on its conservative base, and stoke the Germans' smoldering emotional fires. The populace believed in Hitler.

Two different character traits can be analysed in Hitler's personality: on the one hand the typical premorbid personality of parkinsonian patients with uncorrectable mental rigidity, extreme inflexibility and insupportable pedantry. On the other an antisocial personality disorder with lack of ethical and social values, a deeply rooted tendency to betray others and to deceive himself and uncontrollable emotional reactions. This special combination in Hitler's personality resulted in the uncritical conviction of his mission and an enormous driving for recognition.

Adolf Hitler was a lifelong hypochondriac, with largely false teeth, and chronic digestive ailments. Hitler did not smoke or drink, nor would he allow anyone to do so in his presence. Antitobacco activists pointed out that the two other fascist leaders of Europe, Franco and Mussolini, were also nonsmokers, and that all three Allied leaders smoked (Churchill smoked cigars; Roosevelt and Stalin enjoyed cigarettes). The Nazis were among the first to initiate health-based bans on smoking in public buildings, and possessed the world's strongest antitobacco movement. While there was considerable opposition to smoking in Nazi Germany, there was no consistent Nazi policy to combat smoking, and what did exist built on pre-existing policies.

For the last nine years of his life, Hitler had as his physician Dr Theodor Morell. Hitler's mood swings, Parkinson's disease, gastro-intestinal symptoms, skin problems and steady decline until his suicide in 1945 are documented by reliable observers and historians, and in Morell's diaries. The bizarre and unorthodox medications given to Hitler, often for undisclosed reasons, include topical cocaine, injected amphetamines, glucose, testosterone, estradiol, and corticosteroids. In addition, he was given a preparation made from a gun cleaner, a compound of strychnine and atropine, an extract of seminal vesicles, and numerous vitamins and 'tonics'. It seems possible that some of Hitler's behaviour, illnesses and suffering can be attributed to his medical care.

The evidence that Adolf Hitler might have suffered from incapacitating syphilis is not persuasive. Rumors that he acquired syphilis from a prostitute at the age of 20 years, with possible re-infection during World War I, can no longer be verified. Evidence is that he was sexually rather inactive throughout his life. Suggestions that Hitler's cardiac lesion and complaints such as transitory blindness, tremor of his left arm and leg, recurring abdominal pain and a skin lesion of the leg were of syphilitic aetiology cannot be supported. Hitler's progressive mental and physical deterioration after 1942, his growing paranoia, fits of rage, grandiosity and symptoms of possible dementia would fit in neurosyphilis. There are, however, also other explanations for his terminal syndrome, and evidence that repeated clinical examinations did not show the characteristic signs of dementia paralytica or tabes dorsalis, swings the balance of probability away from tertiary syphilis.

It has been proved that Adolf Hitler suffered from idiopathic Parkinson's disease. No indication for postencephalitic parkinsonism was found in the clinical symptoms or the case history. Professor Max de Crinis established his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in Hitler early in 1945 and informed the SS leadership, who decided to initiate treatment with a specially prepared 'antiparkinsonian mixture' to be administered by a physician. However, Hitler never received the mixture, this implies that the SS intended to remove the severely diseased 'Leader'.

Fuehrer's personal dentist, Johannes Blashke, revealed Hitler's phobia. Due to this dentist phobia, Adolf Hitler had big problems with teeth, suffering from several teeth abscesses, gum infections and had a very bad breath. This information regarding oral hygiene of the fuehrer's was published in book about his personal dentist, named "Dentist of the Devil" writen by Menevse Depre-Hennen. Hitler's Leibarzt or personal physician, Dr Theodor Morell, was a quack who was at least partly responsible, thanks to his benzedrine and morphine cocktails, cocaine eyedrops and barbiturate sleepers, for the lamentable physical state of his patient. Hitler was probably also taking low-dose strychnine to ease flatulence. Hitler celebrated his 56th birthday in the bunker 8 days before his suicide, but it was a far older-looking and undisguisedly ill man who walks out into the chancellery gardens, left hand flapping behind his back, to decorate the boys who were defending Berlin. That was to be his last public appearance. The Russians were less than 20 miles away.

Hitler committed suicide after having selected. Admiral Karl Doenitz as his successor.




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