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As Dr. Talbott remarks in his preface, neither cause nor cure of gout has been discovered in the seven years intervening between the first and second editions of his book; or for that matter, were found in the seven centuries preceding the first edition. Nevertheless, the stouter text of the second edition is testimony to the interim advances in the knowledge of gout, and all interested in the disorder will welcome the author's decision to bring the story up to date. Much of the text has been completely rewritten to conform to current information, and a great deal of fresh material has been added.
In keeping with Talbott's long interest in the history of gout, a most engaging historical survey introduces the book, and sonorous phrases of the past are aptly quoted throughout the text to bring to the reader a full sense of the history of this ancient malady.
Gutman AB. Gout.. Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(6):865-866. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860120177038