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All the popular fallacies about the nature and causes of gout are discussed and subjected to scientific examination, yet in a way that is fully comprehensible to non-scientists. Is gout really a male-only problem? Does it only afflict the over-weight and middle-aged with extravagant tastes in food and drink? Should one never drink again once one has had gout? What effect does it have on life expectancy? How important is diet? The book ends with a chapter covering these issues and more, and offering practical, sympathetic advice.
For those with a disease that can cause life-long suffering, So You've Got Gout! presents a path to better health and to the complete prevention of gout and its complication. Bryan Emmerson, a world authority on nephrology specialising in gout, has written the first book on gout for a lay readership. Using non-specialist, accessible language, Emmerson covers every aspect of the condition from its biology and variations to ways of managing and preventing gout. Along the way, he explodes many fallacies surrounding the causes of gout.
The book contains black-and-white illustrations.
|1||Gout from the earliest times||1|
|2||What is gout? Acute, recurrent and chronic gout||7|
|3||Urate (or uric acid) in the body||20|
|5||What causes hyperuricaemia?||42|
|6||Urate crystal formation||59|
|7||Gout and the kidney||70|
|8||Gout and the blood vessels||83|
|9||How to manage your gout||89|
|10||Medication used to treat an acute attack of gout||97|
|11||Preventing gout by correcting hyperuricaemia||107|
|12||Bringing your urate concentrations down to normal||120|
|13||Questions and answers about gout||133|