Gout: The Patrician Malady

Gout: The Patrician Malady

by Roy Porter, G. S. Rousseau, G. Rousseau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300082746

ISBN-13: 9780300082746

Pub. Date: 03/28/2000

Publisher: Yale University Press

Gout has fascinated medical writers and cultural commentators from the time of ancient Greece. Historically seen as a disease afflicting upper-class males of superior wit, genius, and creativity, it has included among its sufferers Erasmus, the Medici, Edward Gibbon, Samuel Johnson, Immanuel Kant, and Robert Browning. Gout has also been the subject of powerful medical…  See more details below

Overview

Gout has fascinated medical writers and cultural commentators from the time of ancient Greece. Historically seen as a disease afflicting upper-class males of superior wit, genius, and creativity, it has included among its sufferers Erasmus, the Medici, Edward Gibbon, Samuel Johnson, Immanuel Kant, and Robert Browning. Gout has also been the subject of powerful medical folklore, viewed as a disease that protects its sufferers and assures long life. This dazzlingly insightful and readable book investigates the history of gout and through it offers a new perspective on medical and social history, sex, prejudice, and class, and explains why gout was gender specific.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300082746
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2The Classical Inheritance13
3Prometheus's Vulture: The Renaissance Fashioning of Gout22
4Science and Sydenham36
5The Eighteenth-Century Medical Debates48
6Gout and the Georgian Gentleman71
7Smollett, Cadogan and Controversy93
8Change and Continuity, 1790-1850125
9Indian Summer: Romantic and Victorian Gout143
10Gout and Glory: Garrod and After173
11Podagra Ludens: Disease and Discourse211
IPodagra ludens: Ludic representations211
IIThe Lucianic and Menippean heritage213
IIIThe rhetoric of swelling216
IVHomo ludens and the neo-Lucianic heritage219
VThe metaphoric heritage229
12Gout: The Visual Heritage248
Epilogue284
Notes286
Bibliography327
Index380

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