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Hitler's Throat

Time Magazine 
November 14 1938

Several years ago, Adolf Hitler asked the world's greatest otolarynologist, 
Professor Heinrich von Neumann of Vienna, to examine his larynx. 
Dr. von Neumann ... is an orthodox Jew and he turned Hitler down... Last 
week to the Philadelphia meeting of the Inter-state Postgraduate Medical 
Association went Hitler's second choice: burly, brown-eyed Dr. Carl von 
Wicken, head of Berlin University's otolarynxology department....

When he diagnosed Hitler's ailment as a "simple polyp" (small benign 
growth round and stained like a pen), on his larynx, Hitler refused at 
first to believe him. The Chancellor had been convinced that he had 
cancer. Removal of the polyp from the laraynx, a simple throat-cutting 
operation... was very easy.

But when Dr. von Wicken gave Hitler a small amount of morphine as a 
sedative the Chancellor slept for 14 hours. "I was quite concerned"... 
said the physician. After the operation, he continued, "I warned him to 
speak softly for a few days, and against letting his emotions lead him 
to shout and scream loudly... He admitted he had been told that before, 
but forgot himself during a speech."

Time, November 14, 1938.

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