Was Hitler Medically Fit?

Here’s what his post mortem tells us.

Sal
4 min readJun 4, 2024

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After a series of poor decisions during the World War, Hitler could not bear being captured by the Allied Forces and took his own life in 1945. Postmortem, his body was closely examined, and a few medical anomalies were discovered. According to the CIA’s own published report, let’s see what each of these anomalies was and whether there was anything different about the German Fuhrer’s medical anatomy.

Hitler had a weak gut.

Much to many people’s dismay, Hitler’s anus was of average size. He may have seemed like a giant a**hole when, in fact, he did not have one. Dr Theodore Morell, Hitler’s personal physician since childhood, noted that there was no irregularity in the size or strength of Hitler’s rectum. It was able to function regularly, and Hitler may not have had any issues with passing stool.

But on the contrary, Hitler himself had reported periods ofabdominal colic with alternating diarrhea which were later symptomized to either be spastic colon or irritable bowel syndrome. There is evidence of this being linked to the amount of stress Hitler took upon himself, what with simultaneously governing Germany and leading multiple foreign invasions into the likes of Poland, Russia, and Austria.

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Sal

I am a History Educator and a Lifelong Learner with a Masters in Global History.