The Entertaining Health Problems of Historical Figures

So it turns out that Hitler was a great big fartypants.

His private physician, Dr. Theo Morell, recorded in his diary that after Hitler downed a typical vegetable platter, “constipation and colossal flatulence occurred on a scale I have seldom encountered before.”

I wish I understood why the thought of Adolf Hitler with “colossal…agonizing flatulence” entertains me so much.

Unfortunately, I missed the History Channel’s program on the topic of Hitler’s healthcare, High Hitler, but there’s a list of books on the topic of Hitler’s health here.

Also in recent news, many of Karl Marx’s health complaints would be explained as resulting from hidradenitis suppurativa, says Sam Shuster, professor of dermatology at the University of East Anglia.

“The bourgeoisie will remember my carbuncles until their dying day,” Marx told Friedrich Engels in a letter from 1867.

Dermatological ailment as political metaphor. Heh.

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