Was Hitler Ill?

Was Hitler Ill? : A Final Diagnosis

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Four months after the end of the war, Hitler's personal physician Theo Morell stated to his fellow prisoner Karl Brandt: "In fact, Hitler was never sick." Brandt, who had been responsible for the "euthanasia" killings and was thus deeply implicated in the crimes of the Nazi regime, disagreed. He claimed that Morell had "pumped the Fuhrer full of drugs" and was now merely attempting to justify his actions. In his opinion, Morell had turned Hitler into a physical wreck. The image of a decrepit and drug-dependent psychopath in the Reich Chancellery bunker is one of the most enduring myths about Hitler. It provides a simple explanation for his actions: who but a sick man could have ordered the killing of millions of people? Hans-Joachim Neumann and Henrik Eberle study this question and seek answers in the detailed notes and diaries left by Morell, in medical reports, pharmacological analyses and interviews with eye witnesses. Their conclusions are clear and definitive.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 30mm | 458.13g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Translation
  • Illustrations, facsims., ports.
  • 0745652220
  • 9780745652221
  • 553,323

About Henrik Eberle

Hans-Joachim Neumann is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Charite - Universitatsmedizin Berlin. Henrik Eberle is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. In 2005, in collaboration with Mathias Uhl, he wrote The Hitler Book, which became an international bestseller.show more

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"The authors provide an extremly detailed and well researched chronology of Hitler and his medical history" Orange Standard "A tour de force ... Neumann and Eberle's treatment is sane, thorough and meticulous. It is anatomical in its detail, as befits the subject matter. It is clearly authoritative, without a trace of sensationalism ... The authors' conclusion is an important one, dispelling the myths and excuses: Hitler was healthy and fully responsible for his criminal actions." Times Higher Education "Eberle and Neumann's retrospective diagnoses are compact, clear, authoritative and persuasive." London Review of Books "Historian Henrik Eberle and Hans-Joachim Neumann, a professor emeritus of medicine at Berlin's Charite University Hospital, have combined the use of documentary material with modern medical analysis to separate myth from verifiable facts. The book purports to offer nothing short of 'conclusive findings' on Hitler's state of health. It also reveals quite a few ghastly details about the dictator." Der Spiegel "The image of a frail, drug-dependent psychopath in the bunker of the Reich Chancellery is one of the most enduring myths about Hitler. The explanation is simple: anyone who has millions of people killed must be ill. Hans-Joachim Neumann and Henrik Eberle pursue this theory and search for answers in the complete estate of Hitler's physician Morell, medical reports, pharmacological analysis and eyewitness reports. They arrive at a clear and decisive conclusion." Der Neue Tag "It's time to put an end to describing Hitler as mentally ill, which is not true according to Neumann and Eberle's research ... Hitler was not only healthy but could also be held fully responsible for his criminal actions. The most absurd rumours are taken up in several chapters of the book, such as Hitler's supposed homosexuality, his alleged Jewish descent and the often rumoured violent early childhood traumas. All these theses, the authors argue, can be refuted." Focus Onlineshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 1. Madness, Design and Reality: Why a medical biography of Hitler? 2. The Diseased Hitler - A historiographical project 3. Hitler's Doctors: Personal physician Morell and others 4. Hitler's Medicine Chest: The drugs and their effects 5. Hitler's Medical History 6. Hitler's Health and the War 7. Concluding Diagnosis Archives Selected Bibliography Glossary Abbreviations Indexshow more

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"The authors provide an extremly detailed and well researched chronology of Hitler and his medical history" Orange Standard "A tour de force ... Neumann and Eberle s treatment is sane, thorough and meticulous. It is anatomical in its detail, as befits the subject matter. It is clearly authoritative, without a trace of sensationalism ... The authors conclusion is an important one, dispelling the myths and excuses: Hitler was healthy and fully responsible for his criminal actions." Times Higher Education "Eberle and Neumann s retrospective diagnoses are compact, clear, authoritative and persuasive." London Review of Books "Historian Henrik Eberle and Hans-Joachim Neumann, a professor emeritus of medicine at Berlin s Charité University Hospital, have combined the use of documentary material with modern medical analysis to separate myth from verifiable facts. The book purports to offer nothing short of conclusive findings on Hitler s state of health. It also reveals quite a few ghastly details about the dictator." Der Spiegel "The image of a frail, drug-dependent psychopath in the bunker of the Reich Chancellery is one of the most enduring myths about Hitler. The explanation is simple: anyone who has millions of people killed must be ill. Hans-Joachim Neumann and Henrik Eberle pursue this theory and search for answers in the complete estate of Hitler s physician Morell, medical reports, pharmacological analysis and eyewitness reports. They arrive at a clear and decisive conclusion." Der Neue Tag "It s time to put an end to describing Hitler as mentally ill, which is not true according to Neumann and Eberle s research ... Hitler was not only healthy but could also be held fully responsible for his criminal actions. The most absurd rumours are taken up in several chapters of the book, such as Hitler s supposed homosexuality, his alleged Jewish descent and the often rumoured violent early childhood traumas. All these theses, the authors argue, can be refuted." Focus Onlineshow more

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I was very happy when I saw this book in bookstores. I missed some historical books to read. Since I study medicine, but so love German history, I was very excited to read this book, because it was not only about war, but mostly about medicine. I was interested, that I couldn't put it so easily. I would recommend it to everybody who loves history, especially World War II in Germany. This book is very good, because has links to other books, a lot of dates and analysing. So for such people like me, who love to analyse history- this is perfect book. But the end of it, was quite intriguing, you would never think it will end like this. So I think it is good to discuss it. Well, in my opinion... I should agree with authors. I liked their writing style, conclusions, everything. One chapter made me laugh till I started crying. But I won't tell which and why. It just was funny. But just that one chapter, all book is very serious. In future I would really read more from these authors. They are amazing!show more
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