British media was agog Monday with news reports citing a recent book that suggested Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler had a “tiny deformed penis.” And you thought Napoleon had a complex.

Published last year, the book “Hitler's Last Day: Minute by Minute” by historians Jonathan Mayo and Emma Craigie included details of peculiar medical conditions suffered by the genocidal, warmongering tyrant.

“Hitler himself is believed to have had two forms of genital abnormality: an undescended testicle and a rare condition called penile hypospadias in which the urethra opens on the under side of the penis,” they wrote.

For some reason, this just drew the attention of a number of British newspapers and led to a spate of articles on Monday; many used “micropenis” in their headlines.

Of course, there is a world of speculation into the personal maladies suffered by Hitler, who is justifiably cast in the global culture as history’s greatest villain. Both forensic scientists and historians have delved into everything from his known drug use to his sexual proclivities. But the collective excitement about the Nazi leader’s tiny member was perhaps a bit overblown.

The Independent contacted one of the book’s authors, who pushed back against those arriving at premature conclusions:

In an email interview with The Independent, Ms. Craigie urged caution surrounding the reports, saying that any suggestion he had a micro-penis because he potentially suffered from hypospadias was a “leap” and that she had not seen any evidence to suggest anything more than general hypospadias. ... This means more of the penis is fused to the body, meaning in some instances it can appear smaller.

But it’s not entirely proven that Hitler even did have all these alleged deformities. A recent British documentary, pointing to a 47-page American military dossier on Hitler’s health, dismissed the story of the fuhrer only possessing one testicle. It also rejected rumors that he was secretly gay.

But it did repeat another story now frequently aired about Hitler’s need to be more virile. The Nazi dictator apparently took a cocktail of barbiturate tranquilizers and morphine to cope with a variety of ailments and boost his sex drive. He also supposedly would get injected with bull semen.

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