The History of Gout

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#1 Dec 13, 2010
Gout was first documented in Egypt as early as 2600 BC in a description of arthritis in the big toe.
In the 400’s BC the Greek physician, Hippocrates, commented that gout was absent from castrated men and premenopausal woman.
In 30 AD Aulus Cornelius Celsus described the link between gout and alcohol, the later onset in woman and kidney problems associated with gout.
Thomas Sydenham, an English physician noted the occurrence of gout during the late nigyhht and early morning and its preferance for older males, in 1683.
Sir Alfred Baring Garrod, also an English physician realized in 1848, that uric acid in the blood was the cause of gout. He was also the first to describe the crystals in the joints of patients with gout.
In 1684 the Dutch scientist, Antonj van Leeuwenhoek, first noted uric acid crystals with a microscope probably not knowing what the consequenses of the crystals where.
This is an age old desease known as the “disease of Kings” probably due to their rich diet and “Poorman’s disease” probably due to exposure, hard work and the abuse of malt liquors.
Today the disease does not ask where you are from or what work you do, if the circumstances are right, you are a victim.

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