A long-lost medical record proving that Adolf Hitler has an undescended testicle on the right side has recently surfaced.
The new evidence discovered by Prof Peter Fleischmann of Erlangen-Nuremberg University has put to rest an ongoing debate that Hitler was missing an important appendage.
Upon his arrival at the Landsberg prison on November 12, 1923, Hitler was examined by a prison doctor. The records of the medical examination, believed to be lost, emerged at an auction in 2010. However, the records were allegedly confiscated by the Bavarian government.
Prof. Fleischmann has only recently examined the records.
Based on the records, medical officer Dr Josef Steiner Brin noted that “Adolf Hitler, artist, recently writer” was “healthy and strong” but suffering from “right-side cryptorchidism”.
“The testicle was probably stunted,” Prof Fleischman explained.
The new evidence contradicts a long-running theory that Hitler lost a testicle due to a shrapnel injury in World War I. Moreover, it also refutes the account of Dr. Eduard Bloc, Hitler’s childhood doctor, who told American interrogators in 1943 that Hitler’s genitals were completely normal.
Undescended testicle, which is often linked to reduced fertility, could explain why Hitler didn’t have any offspring.
What is Cryptorchidism?
Considered as the most common birth defect of the male genitalia, cryptorchidism refers to the absence of one or both testes from the scrotum.
In rare cases, this condition can develop later in life, even as late as young adulthood.
Some causes of this condition include low birth weight, parents’ exposure to pesticides, diabetes and obesity in the mother, cigarette smoking, alcohol consumption, family history as well as congenital malformation syndromes such as Down syndrome, Prader–Willi syndrome, and Noonan syndrome.
A surgery called orchiopexy is carried out by a pediatric urologist or pediatric surgeon if the inguinal testes does not descend after 4 to 6 months.