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December 1931


Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1931;48(6):1244. doi:10.1001/archinte.1931.00150070182024

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This recent monograph on gout, given in French by a Roumanian who spent his professional life in France, has been revised posthumously by Jacques Forestier. It comes at a time when gout is receiving relatively little attention in the clinical literature of this country, owing, apparently, to the widespread belief that this is a rare disease.

The book contains the usual excellent clinical descriptions of the various stages and types of gout for which the French school is particularly noted. The principal theories of pathogenesis with the augments pro and con are briefly discussed. In dealing with treatment, the author decries the modern tendency to proscribe all purine-containing foods, and he believes strongly in the more didactic methods of choosing the diet on the basis of experience. Medically, there is nothing new or successful. Those who have to deal with gout may well find much of value to them in

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