Could Vincent Van Gogh possibly be epileptic? Volume 17, issue 4, Octobre-Novembre-Décembre 2005

Président d’honneur de la LFCE, Professeur honoraire de neurologie à la faculté de médecine de Nancy, 5, rue de Gerbeviller,54000 Nancy

During the last years of his short life, Vincent Van Gogh demonstrated a chaotic behaviour that gave rise to many diagnosis hypothesis. Several are not plausible, except for two of them : epilepsy or psychiatry illness, in particular a cycloid psychosis. The author analyses and criticizes the arguments in favour of these two possibilities and tries to demonstrate that the second is the most likely assumption.