A History of Gout

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Gout is one of oldest form of arthritis that is documented in medicine. It creates a throbbing and inflammation in the sufferer joints. The Egyptians were the first to identify Gout and it was later recognized by the Hippocrates in the fifth century BC, who referred to it as “the unwalkable disease” (Simkin & Nuki, 2006,). Over the course of history, gout has been concomitant lavish amount of liquor and foods. Gout was known as a “monarchs or rich men disease” (John Hopkins Medicine) in early centuries because it was related to a way of life that only the rich could afford. In early centuries gout was desired communally because it was frequent among the rich and a sign of wealth. Also, if someone has a gout attack it was looked upon as a preventive method in contradiction of serious illness. For example, gout "prevents other illnesses and prolongs life...could I cure that gout, should not I have a fever, a palsy, or an apoplexy " (Horace Walpole). In addition, historically gout was considered a disease in middle age men, however the notion that gout could not affect women was proven false. Seneca, observed, "in this age, women rival men in every kind of lasciviousness ... why need we then be surprised at seeing so many of the female sex afflicted with the gout? (Simkin & Nuki, 2006). Gout disease is a male dominate disease, lately women have been having gout because of high obesity rate and consumption of high fructose rich products. Gout is an illness were the joints of
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