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Adolf Hitler's Parkinson's disease and an attempt to analyse his personality structure.
Eur J Neurol. 1999 Mar; 6(2):121-7.EJ

Abstract

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'. 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. The neuropsychiatric analysis of Hitler's personality could lead to a better explanation of the pathological traits of one of the most conspicuous historical personalities.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Ludwig Boltzmann Institut fur Restaurative Neurologie, Neurologisches Krankenhaus Maria Theresien Schlossl, Hofzeile 18-20, A-1190 Wien, Austria.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Biography
Historical Article
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10053222

Citation

Gerstenbrand, F, and E Karamat. "Adolf Hitler's Parkinson's Disease and an Attempt to Analyse His Personality Structure." European Journal of Neurology, vol. 6, no. 2, 1999, pp. 121-7.
Gerstenbrand F, Karamat E. Adolf Hitler's Parkinson's disease and an attempt to analyse his personality structure. Eur J Neurol. 1999;6(2):121-7.
Gerstenbrand, F., & Karamat, E. (1999). Adolf Hitler's Parkinson's disease and an attempt to analyse his personality structure. European Journal of Neurology, 6(2), 121-7.
Gerstenbrand F, Karamat E. Adolf Hitler's Parkinson's Disease and an Attempt to Analyse His Personality Structure. Eur J Neurol. 1999;6(2):121-7. PubMed PMID: 10053222.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Adolf Hitler's Parkinson's disease and an attempt to analyse his personality structure. AU - Gerstenbrand,F, AU - Karamat,E, PY - 1999/3/4/pubmed PY - 2000/7/6/medline PY - 1999/3/4/entrez SP - 121 EP - 7 JF - European journal of neurology JO - Eur. J. Neurol. VL - 6 IS - 2 N2 - 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'. 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. The neuropsychiatric analysis of Hitler's personality could lead to a better explanation of the pathological traits of one of the most conspicuous historical personalities. SN - 1351-5101 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10053222/Adolf_Hitler's_Parkinson's_disease_and_an_attempt_to_analyse_his_personality_structure_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-1331.1999.tb00003.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -