Love and Murder
This book details the secret romantic love story of Vincent van Gogh and Marguerite Gachet, and how their affair eventually lead to Vincent's murder. Vincent secretly painted an homage of portraits to Marguerite, but masked them as to not let anyone see his true feelings for her. But when her father discovers the secret, he conspires to have Vincent van gogh killed. This book follows several research books, and is an effort by the author to explain what might have actually happened to Vincent van Gogh in the last days of his life.
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
Vincent van Gogh was known in the art world and among his many biographers to have suffered from violent attacks of some malady about which there has been no general agreement. After he recovered from the ear mutilation in Arles, Vincent admitted himself to the Asylum for Lunatics and Epileptics in Saint Rémy, about 20 miles from Arles. Dr. Peyron, the admitting doctor, concluded in his intake history that Vincent’s episodic attacks were epilepsy. A plethora of other diagnoses have flooded both the art history and medical literature over the ensuing years. Still, no consensus has emerged. This diagnosis of epilepsy stuck with Vincent until 1990, when I published a “Special Communication” in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that concluded that these violent attacks were attacks of inner ear vertigo. Vertigo is a key element that distinguishes between a diagnosis of an inner ear disorder known as Meniere’s disease and common forms of seizure disorders and epilepsy, or any kind of generic dizziness. This article was the cover story 100 years to the week after Vincent’s death (Arenberg, JAMA, 1990).
Killing Vincent: The Man, The Myth, and The Murder
On July 27, 1890, Vincent van Gogh came stumbling into his room in the Ravoux Inn, in Auvers-sur-Oise, France, bleeding from a wound in his abdomen. Thirty hours later, Vincent was dead. THe common myth, which has prevailed for over one hundred years, is that the "mad" artist shot himself in a wheatfield after suffering from years of unhappiness and "insanity". But is that what really happened?
A Revaluation of the Death of Vincent van Gogh
Peer Reviewed Forensics article; “A Revaluation of the Death of Vincent van Gogh; Suicide or Murder? Submitted to American Journal Forensic Medicine and Pathology, (JFMP), Jan 2020. Supplemental Digital Content (SDC) now on website /YOUTUBE (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsZDDQtzxhc)
Asperger’s Syndrome & NOT Madness
Mental aspects of Vincent’s behavior, Asperger’s syndrome and NOT Madness, in progress, JAMA submission for peer review pending, 2020
Finally Love: Screenplay
A story about the unmasking of 3 peasant portraits that leads to the conspiracy and murder of Vincent van Gogh.