Leonardo Da Vinci and stroke - vegetarian diet as a possible cause

Front Neurol Neurosci. 2010:27:1-10. doi: 10.1159/000311187. Epub 2010 Apr 6.


Leonardo da Vinci (April 15, 1452 to May 2, 1519) was an Italian Renaissance architect, musician, anatomist, inventor, engineer, sculptor, geometer, and painter. It has been gleaned from the many available historical documents that da Vinci was a vegetarian who respected and loved animals, and that he suffered from right hemiparesis in the last 5 years of his life. A vegetarian diet has both positive and negative influences on the cerebrovascular system. In this report, a possible relation between a vegetarian diet and stroke is discussed from various perspectives as related to Leonardo da Vinci's stroke.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Diet, Vegetarian / adverse effects*
  • Famous Persons*
  • History, 15th Century
  • History, 16th Century
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Illustration / history
  • Paintings / history
  • Stroke / etiology*
  • Stroke / history*

Personal name as subject

  • Leonardo Da vinci