February 1968

Gout, ed 3.

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By John H. Talbott, AB, MD, DSc; with a chapter on intermediary purine metabolism by J. E. Seegmiller, MD. Price, $12.50. Pp 296, with 88 figures. Grune & Stratton, Inc., 381 Park Ave S, New York 10016, 1967.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;121(2):205-206. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.03640020093043

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The physiological, clinical, radiological, and pathological aspects of gout are examined in this book. Its leisurely pace suggests that the author enjoyed writing it. However, if statements had been more succinct, repetitious material deleted, and conflicting statements resolved, it would have been shorter and better. A large number of case reports are included which occupy much space and convey little helpful information. Some of the numerous quotations from ancient authorities are interesting but many are lengthy and have little but great age to commend them (examples are on pages 12 and 149). Certain confusing portions of the book suggest that the author has not reconciled opinions derived from his own experience with the data of some articles he has quoted. For example, the simple discussion of serum urate concentrations in normal subjects and in patients with gout presented on pages 57, 58, and 187 contrasts sharply with the complexity of

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