All About Gout

Gout has been with us since antiquity. In the 4th Century BC, Hippocrates observed that gout was rarely seen in women before the menopause. The word gout comes from the Latin “gutta,” a medieval reference to a drop of evil humour in a painful, reddened great toe. Cartoons of the 17th century often depicted the gout sufferer as a prosperous, portly, wine swelling nobleman. Today, among the more than 100 varieties of arthritis, gout is perhaps the most treatable (and “curable”) of all.

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