Gout

the Patrician Malady
Author(s): 
Porter, Roy
Author(s): 
Rousseau, G.S.
ISBN: 
0300082746
Date published: 
February 2000
Paperback
Price: 
£13.95
Pages: 
408

Historically seen as a disease afflicting upper-class males of superior wit, genius and creativity, Gout has included among its sufferers Erasmus, the Medici, Samuel Johnson, Immanuel Kant and Robert Browning. It has also been the subject of powerful medical folklore, viewed as a disease that protects its sufferers and assures long life. This 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.