What was the official diagnosis when van Gogh was hospitalized in 1888?
ACUTE MANIA WITH GENERALISED DELIRIUM
When Van Gogh was hospitalized on Christmas Eve, 1888, after trying to cut off his own ear, the official diagnosis furnished by the hospital in Arles was "acute mania with generalised delirium." There is no consensus on a modern diagnosis of van Gogh's illness, though some have suggested bipolar disorder, possibly exacerbated by absinthe drinking and venereal disease.
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