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    There is plenty of circumstantial evidence suggesting that Hitler had Parkinson's disease which greatly progressed in the final months of the war. Why wasn't it diagnosed, considering that Hitler had daily access to medical care, and the disease was well documented in the 1940s? Was it investigated and ruled out as Parkinson's? Has anyone read anything on this subject?


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    --Frederick II, King of Prussia

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    There have been different theories about Hitler's health all backed with circumstantial evidence. They have included the onset of tertiary syphilis. Given that Hitler's medical practitioners were submitting him to weird treatments and applying considerable quantities of various class A drugs they are likely to have been contributers to his deteriorating state rather than having the ability to diagnose anything.

    Speculation about the causes of his problems with no more than circumstantial evidence seems like a rather specialised form of conspiracy theorism. It has the attraction to some no doubt that, like mainstream conspiracy theories it will never be possible to conclusively prove anything and so can go on and on and on
    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
    Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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    • #3
      Couldn't it be possible that the trembling etc were just be symptoms of his nerves being shot knowing that his days were numbered?

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      • #4
        Plus about being blown to bits.
        SPORTS FREAK/ PANZERBLITZ COMMANDER/ CC2 COMMANDER

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        • #5
          British Journal of Addiction, Vol. 53, No. 2 1956

          Contains a long letter from William Burroughs detailing the various effects of the different kind of drugs taken by him in large quantities over the years. All of Hitler's symptoms can be found stemming from long term over use of some opiates and cocaine both of which we know from his doctors' evidence he had been given in large quantities over years. So we have hard evidence that he had used substances that created the symptoms ( for example the tremors would be the result of too many opiates, demerol for example will produce it after 3 months). All else is, as I suggested, merely speculation impossible to prove.. Occams razor applies folks.
          Last edited by MarkV; 14 Jun 18, 12:30.
          Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
          Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dgfred View Post
            Plus about being blown to bits.
            Yep, that would rattle my nerves as well.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MonsterZero View Post
              There is plenty of circumstantial evidence suggesting that Hitler had Parkinson's disease which greatly progressed in the final months of the war. Why wasn't it diagnosed, considering that Hitler had daily access to medical care, and the disease was well documented in the 1940s? Was it investigated and ruled out as Parkinson's? Has anyone read anything on this subject?
              Hitler himself would have prevented any attempt to officially diagnose - and thus make public - such a debilitating illness. One of Hitler's problems was his drug addiction and his obsession with medications - some 70 in all ranging from Pervitin - an type of methamphetamine widely available in Germany - to vitamins such as goat gland extracts, all administered by injection by the infamous Dr. Morell, his personal quack and the former VD specialist to the rich and powerful.
              Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MarkV View Post
                British Journal of Addiction, Vol. 53, No. 2 1956

                Contains a long letter from William Burroughs detailing the various effects of the different kind of drugs taken by him in large quantities over the years. All of Hitler's symptoms can be found stemming from long term over use of some opiates and cocaine both of which we know from his doctors' evidence he had been given in large quantities over years. So we have hard evidence that he had used substances that created the symptoms ( for example the tremors would be the result of too many opiates, demerol for example will produce it after 3 months). All else is, as I suggested, merely speculation impossible to prove.. Occams razor applies folks.
                BTW: as a former medical practitioner myself, "Occam's Razor says he had Parkinsons. I've seen the films, especially the ones during the last few days of the war, and he's typical of the disease, especially the"pillrolling" movements of his left hand and the loss of facial expression.
                Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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                • #9
                  It could also be some variant of PTSD. After all, Hitler served in combat in WW 1, was gassed at one point, went to prison, was almost blown up, was living in bunkers most of the time due to the threat of bombing and air raids. All of that, year after year would have taken its toll. He well could have had some variant of combat fatigue / PTSD causing the issues.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by T. A. Gardner View Post
                    It could also be some variant of PTSD. After all, Hitler served in combat in WW 1, was gassed at one point, went to prison, was almost blown up, was living in bunkers most of the time due to the threat of bombing and air raids. All of that, year after year would have taken its toll. He well could have had some variant of combat fatigue / PTSD causing the issues.
                    Highly doubtful, given his overly protected status later on. Millions of Germans suffered far worse than Hitler and did not experience so-called PTSD, mainly because they were raised to much tougher standards. Hitler's shakes came much later in his life, when he began to show the signs of long-time meth usage.

                    From a purely medical POV, Hitler was a multi-drug addict with late-developing Parkinsons.
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