Gout: The Patrician Malady

Gout: The Patrician Malady



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Gout: The Patrician Malady by Roy Porter, G. S. Rousseau, George S. Rousseau

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780300073867
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/28/1998
Pages: 408
Product dimensions: 8.42(w) x 8.04(h) x 1.18(d)

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