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

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
ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction
1(12)
HISTORIES
The Classical Inheritance
13(9)
Prometheus's Vulture: The Renaissance Fashioning of Gout
22(14)
Science and Sydenham
36(12)
The Eighteenth-Century Medical Debates
48(23)
CULTURES
Gout and the Georgian Gentleman
71(22)
Smollett, Cadogan and Controversy
93(32)
Change and Continuity, 1790--1850
125(18)
Indian Summer: Romantic and Victorian Gout
143(30)
Gout and Glory: Garrod and After
173(38)
GOUTOMETRIES
Podagra Ludens: Disease and Discourse
211(37)
Podagra ludens: Ludic representations
211(2)
The Lucianic and Menippean heritage
213(3)
The rhetoric of swelling
216(3)
Homo ludens and the new-Lucianic heritage
219(10)
The metaphoric heritage
229(19)
Gout: The Visual Heritage
248(36)
Epilogue 284(2)
Notes 286(41)
Bibliography 327(53)
Index 380

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