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Author Bhattacharyya, Kalyan B. ♦ Rai, Saurabh
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Content type Text
Publisher Wolters Kluwer Medknow Publications
File Format HTM / HTML
Date Created 2015-07-31
Copyright Year ©2015
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) RC346-429
Subject Keyword Neuropsychiatry ♦ Epilepsy ♦ Biological psychiatry ♦ Vincent Van Gogh ♦ Neurosciences ♦ Diseases of the nervous system ♦ Absinthe ♦ Internal medicine ♦ Ménière′s disease ♦ Medicine ♦ Neurology
Abstract Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most celebrated creative artists of all time. All his life, he was afflicted by some kind of neurological or psychiatric disorder, which remains a mystery even today. Many historians and his personal physicians believe that he suffered from epilepsy while others felt that he was affected by Ménière′s disease. Features such as hypergraphia, atypical sexuality, and viscosity of thinking suggest the possibility of Gastaut-Geschwind phenomenon, a known complication of complex partial seizure. On the contrary, some historians feel that he was forced to sever his right ear in order to get relief from troublesome tinnitus, a complication of Ménière′s disease. He was addicted to the liquor absinthe, which is known to lead to xanthopsia, and many authorities argue that this was the reason for his penchant for the deep and bright yellow color in many of his paintings. Others have suggested the possibility of bipolar disorder, sunstroke, acute intermittent porphyria, and digitalis toxicity as well.
ISSN 19983549
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2015-01-01
e-ISSN 09722327
Journal Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
Volume Number 18
Issue Number 1
Page Count 4
Starting Page 6
Ending Page 9


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