The Pills, Potions and Quackery of Hitler’s doctor

Morell had been attending Hitler since 1936 and was well known in Germany for his unconventional treatments. He assisted Hitler daily in virtually everything he did for several years, and was beside Hitler until the last stages of the Battle of Berlin.
Morell had been attending Hitler since 1936 and was well known in Germany for his unconventional treatments. He assisted Hitler daily in virtually everything he did for several years, and was beside Hitler until the last stages of the Battle of Berlin.

Dr. Theodore Morell, Hitler’s personal physician, was often referred to as a ‘quack’ by those closest to the German leader.

He was grossly over weight, kept very poor personal hygiene and used questionable medical methods.

He also reaped the rewards of high office, by operating a plush-expensive practice on the Kurfurstendamm in downtown Berlin.

Morell had been attending Hitler since 1936 and was well known in Germany for his unconventional treatments.

He assisted Hitler daily in virtually everything he did for several years, and was beside Hitler until the last stages of the Battle of Berlin.

On being captured in 1945, he described his former boss as “a psychological phenomenon that happens once in 1,000 years.”

Morell, who was then aged 59, and is seriously ill in hospital, said: “I could never class him as any type psychologically. I have never met anyone like him. To me he was like a meteor which suddenly gets started on a course, and nothing can stop it. It goes on and on until . . .” At this point, Morrell threw up his hands as if to indicate the explosion.

Morell also said that he was convinced that Hitler did not commit suicide, adding that such an act would be absolutely “inconsistent with a man of his type.”

Morell declared Hitler had two natures. One was very hard, strong, energetic, cruel, ruthless and forceful. The other was shy, especially in the presence of women “full of fear and uncertainty.”

Of Eva Braun, Morrell said: Eva Braun was respected among the inner members of Hitler’s entourage as Hitler’s wife. Marriage was undoubtedly consummated, but I know very little about his love life. The confidence that ordinarily should grow between physician and patient over such period of time did not exist.”

Morell disclosed that he had administered glucose caffeine intravenously to Hitler every other day for the past several months because the strain he was enduring aggravated digestive trouble which made him suffer painful cramps and colic after meals.

Reaclling Dr. Morell, Albert Speer related in his autobiography:

In 1936, when my circulation and stomach rebelled…I called at Morell’s private office. After a superficial examination, Morell prescribed for me his intestinal bacteria, dextrose, vitamins and hormone tablets. For safety’s sake I afterward had a thorough examination by Professor von Bergmann, the specialist in internal medicine at Berlin University. I was not suffering from any organic trouble, he concluded, but only from nervous symptoms caused by overwork.

I slowed down my pace as best I could and the symptoms abated. To avoid offending Hitler I pretended that I was carefully following Morell’s instructions, and since my health improved, I became for a time Morell’s showpiece. – Albert Speer, Inside the Third Reich(1969)

Morell kept a medical diary of the drugs, tonics, vitamins and other substances he administered to Hitler, usually by injection (up to 20 times per day) or in pill form.  They included:

  1. Atropa belladonna (2–4 pills with every meal in Koster’s Antigaspills,[11] compound containing strychnine, subject of investigation)[12]
  2. atropine (extract of seminal vesicles)[11]
  3. Brom-Nervacit (bromide, since August 1941 a spoonful almost every night, to counteract stimulation from methamphetamine and permit sleep)[5]
  4. caffeine
  5. chamomile
  6. cocaine and adrenaline (via eyedrops)[13]
  7. E. coli [14]
  8. enzymes
  9. Eukodal or Eukodol (trade name for oxycodone)[15]
  10. Eupaverinum (papaverine, antispasmotic)[5]
  11. Glyconorm (metformin) [5]
  12. Methamphetamine (as Pervitin and Vitamultin)[5][11]
  13. morphine
  14. Mutaflor (pills prescribed to Hitler for flatulence in 1936, the first unorthodox drug treatment from Morell; bacteria extracted from human faeces, see: E. coli)[14]
  15. oxedrine tartrate
  16. potassium bromide
  17. prophenazone (a derivative of Phenazone)
  18. proteins and lipids derived from animal tissues and fats
  19. sodium barbitone
  20. strychnine[12]
  21. sulfonamide
  22. testosterone
  23. vitamins

After being captured, one of Morells interrogators was reportedly “disgusted” by his obesity and lack of hygiene. Although he was held in an American internment camp, on the site of the former Buchenwald concentration camp, and questioned because of his proximity to Hitler, Morell was never charged with a crime.

Grossly obese and suffering from poor health, he died in a Tegernsee hospital on 26 May 1948.

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