The Illness of Vincent van Gogh

  title={The Illness of Vincent van Gogh},
  author={Wilfred Niels Arnold},
  journal={Journal of the History of the Neurosciences},
  pages={22 - 43}
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) was a wonderfully accomplished artist whose work is now widely appreciated. He created a great number of masterpiece paintings and drawings in just one decade devoted to art. His productivity is even more remarkable when considered in the context of his debilitating illness. He suffered from medical crises that were devastating, but in the intervening periods he was both lucid and creative. He left a profound, soul-searching description of his jagged life in his… 

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