Vincent Van Gogh 1853-1890 (Died at age 37)
Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most well known artists in the world. His art is still well appreciated and admired today and almost everyone has seen his work.
During the lat 2 years (age 35) of Van Gogh's life, doctors discovered that Van Gogh suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy. A diagnosis of epilepsy was made by two seperate doctors who treated him around May 8th 1889. His physicians believe Van Gogh was born with a brain lesion that was aggravated by his long historical use of absinthe causing his epileptic condition. One of Van Gogh's physicians, was thought to have treated his epilepsy with digitalis. This prescription drug can cause one to see in yellow or see yellow spots. This may have been one of the reasons why Van Gogh loved this color.
What is Temporal Lobe Epilepsy? Temporal Lobe Epilepsy is a disorder of the nervous system where one can have partial seizures lasting about 2-3 minutes originating from the temporal lobe.