Hitler had Parkinson's?

Where does Hitler's tremor come from? From Parkinson's as some historians have claimed? Or from drug withdrawal as it is suggested in "Blitzed"?

The Journal of Clinical Neurology might have the answer: "Drug-induced Parkinsonism".

"Drug-induced parkinsonism (DIP) is the second-most-common etiology of parkinsonism in the elderly after Parkinson's disease (PD). Many patients with DIP may be misdiagnosed with PD because the clinical features of these two conditions are indistinguishable. Moreover, neurological deficits in patients with DIP may be severe enough to affect daily activities and may persist for long periods of time after the cessation of drug taking. In addition to typical antipsychotics, DIP may be caused by gastrointestinal prokinetics, calcium channel blockers, atypical antipsychotics, and antiepileptic drugs. The clinical manifestations of DIP are classically described as bilateral and symmetric parkinsonism without tremor at rest. However, about half of DIP patients show asymmetrical parkinsonism and tremor at rest, making it difficult to differentiate DIP from PD. The pathophysiology of DIP is related to drug-induced changes in the basal ganglia motor circuit secondary to dopaminergic receptor blockade."


Norwegian Translation Price

Very happy and proud that Espen Ingebrigtsen (in the center here) received the Norwegian translation price for his excellent work on "Hitlers Rus". After meeting Espen in his hometown Bergen, it took less than 2 minutes to comprehend that my book was in the best possible hands. 

I hope I can work with you again, Espen. It would be an honor. Congrats!


BLITZED is highlighted in next week’s (June 18 issue) NYT Book ReviewJoseph Kanon, a New York Times-bestselling author of historical fiction, writes that this historical account of methamphetamine use in the Third Reich is the most interesting thing he’s learned from a book recently.

He calls it “well-researched…fascinating from beginning to end.”

The Isolator

Speaking at the Sydney Writers Festival this morning about ... drugs. Love the appreciative Ozzie audience - then quickly back to the hotel in order to work on new project, using the writing suit "Isolator" that the Writers Festival provides free of charge. Not only does it reduce noise from the Sydney Harbour (loud honking cruise ships) but also keeps away unpleasant smells from exhaust pipes of said ships, being therefore quite practical. And in order to survive in its perfectly protected space, the thing is even connected via tube with an oxygen-flask ! Thank you, Australia.

Number One

Feels like Alphaville. Only Estland's not as big as Japan.

UK Paperback

Slowly, in a land that is leaving Europe, the printing presses are getting into gear. It is the UK paperback version of Blitzed, with the drugged Patient A on the magnificent cover. 
In celebration of this, check out a test version of said cover. The artist (in-house at Allen Lane!) was reluctant to share it with me. He said "it is not common."

Amazon review

5.0 out of 5 starsSeminal

ByGregory Paul Adkinson March 19, 2017

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

"Often an historian will find a novel thesis or angle for looking at the past. While there may be something in it, too often the new idea is oversold. That is not the case here. While the author's thesis may not explain everything completely, no explanation of Hitler's behavior can be complete without including an understanding of his drug addictions.

The records of Hitler's personal doctor are extensive enough to prove the dictator was an addict. There can simply cannot be a doubt. The author, a novelist, has simply changed the way we understand Hitler. No serious student of World War II can overlook this important, seminal book."

On CBS This Morning

Startling Americans from coast to coast this morning with new shocking revelations about ... Nazis and drugs!