The Nature and Treatment of Gout and Rheumatic Gout

The Nature and Treatment of Gout and Rheumatic Gout

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...throwing off this principle became more or less intermittent, as we have previously ascertained to be the case in patients labouring under gout. It would appear, therefore, that in individuals impregnated with lead the blood is apt to become loaded with uric acid, not due to the increased formation of this principle in the system, but to its imperfect excretion by the renal organs. We have also adduced strong evidence showing that patients the subjects of lead poisoning are, cceterm paribus, more liable to become affected with gout than others not so circumstanced. I have no evidence to prove that other metals possess a similar power to lead; that some may, is not improbable; there are, indeed, certain statements, of the truth of which doubt may be entertained, which would appear to show that lime exerts some influence upon the development of gout. It was remarked by Musgrave, that in Devonshire gout became frequent among the inhabitants when chalk was freely employed in agriculture, and physicians have made the same observation with regard to the island of Crete, and other countries; but at the same time it is not difficult to adduce strong evidence, showing the little power possessed by this supposed cause of gout. It is true there are certain chemical characters common to lime and lead, and even some physiological and therapeutic resemblances. Exciting Cames of Gout.--Several of the causes of gout, which we have now considered will, if at anytime suddenly increased in intensity, act in immediately exciting a fit of the disease; there are others which, although potent as exciting, are altogether powerless as predisposing causes. The amount of an exciting cause necessary to produce an attack depends greatly on the proneness of the...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236858905
  • 9781236858900