I saw this on Wikipedia:

In June 1917, he entered a sanatorium for the last time and continually wrote to his wife asking to be allowed to go home. Georg Cantor had a fatal heart attack on January 6, 1918, in the sanatorium where he had spent the last year of his life.

What happened to Cantor and his wife? Was his mental condition so bad that his wife wanted him to stay there?

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    $\begingroup$ Various biographical publications mention that Cantor suffered from manic depression (the modern term is bipolar disorder), which had manifested itself as early as 1884, and got worse after his youngest son died in 1899. The cause of death was heart failure. $\endgroup$
    – njuffa
    Commented Apr 25, 2022 at 12:49
  • $\begingroup$ It is treatable now, but not then. $\endgroup$
    – markvs
    Commented Apr 25, 2022 at 12:50
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    $\begingroup$ See also mathshistory.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Cantor which gives more details about the time course of his later struggles with depression. $\endgroup$
    – mdewey
    Commented Apr 25, 2022 at 15:23
  • $\begingroup$ @njuffa I was mainly wondering about their relationship, since the wiki article reads like Cantor was being treated there involuntarily. $\endgroup$
    – 183orbco3
    Commented Apr 25, 2022 at 18:14
  • $\begingroup$ See Dauben's Cantor biography, page 284. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 26, 2022 at 14:43


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