[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
November 7, 1980

Gout and Achievement

Author Affiliations

Veterans Administration Hospital Brentwood University of California Los Angeles

JAMA. 1980;244(18):2048. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310180018020

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Abstract

To the Editor.—  The letter from Norman Sher, MD (243:1711, 1980), might give some small mental comfort to gout sufferers. Unfortunately, the evidence that gout is associated with exceptional achievement is scanty and hardly acceptable at a scientific level. One might equally argue that since uric acid is a risk factor in coronary disease, it is responsible for the great achievement in sufferers from this disease. A large number of prominent people also have been shown to suffer from cancer of the lung, peptic ulcer, constipation, brain tumors, and athlete's foot. When enough anecdotes about a condition exist, one suspects that there might be a scintilla of truth underneath. To confirm the relationship between achievement and gout, one would have to take a large population at random—for instance, large population of a community—and independently determine achievement and the existence of gout or preferably uric acid levels.If there turned out to

×