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The Illness of Vincent Van Gogh. Porphyria? From the Wilfred Niels Arnold Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KA, USA

This Is Lengthy but a well read and documented case.  
A must read!

The Illness of Vincent van Gogh
Wilfred Niels Arnold
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KA, USA
ABSTRACT
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 correspondence, which provides the basis for the present analysis. An inherited metabolic disease, acute intermittent porphyria, accounts for all of the signs and symptoms of van Gogh’s underlying illness. On this 150th anniversary of the birth of Vincent van Gogh i…