Van Gogh and Digoxin

I’ve taken a written exam in cardiology and when I studied for exam, I found these articles about digoxin toxicity and xanthopsia. I read that article and ended up admiring Van Gogh’s paintings.

Ocular manifestation of digoxin toxicity is xanthopsia (yellowing of the vision). One of the article says, “Most experts believe that the famous artist Vincent van Gogh was using foxglove (the flower that digoxin is derived from) and this explains his yellow paintings toward the end of his life.” Van Gogh used foxglove to treat his epilepsy which is no longer an indication. 

Still, I admire those yellow paintings.

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