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December 11, 1909

Clinical Treatises on the Pathology and Therapy of Disorders of Metabolism and Nutrition. Part VIII. Gout.

JAMA. 1909;LIII(24):2031. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550240077027

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This little volume is the authorized American translation of a series of articles published seven years ago. They are written altogether for the general practitioner and make no claims to exhaustiveness. The chapters on the pathogenesis of gout, including the pathology and chemistry of uric acid, are clear and concise and contain all the information practically necessary. As was to be expected, particular importance is given to German publications, while the valuable American contributions to this subject are altogether omitted. The symptomatology of uricacidemia is covered in about two hundred words occupying one page. This brevity is commendable, especially by contrast with the voluminous, vague symptomatology covering many pages in other monographs on the subject. There are really very few clean-cut definite symptoms of uric acid intoxication.

The therapeutics of gout are very well presented in this work, especially from the dietetic standpoint. Much that is here recommended apodictically seems

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