- Although patients with gout often feel alone, this condition has been around for a long time. In fact it was first identified in Egypt in 2640 BC
- In the 5th century, Hippocrates (an ancient Greek physician) referred to gout as “the un-walkable disease” because it often struck the big toe, making it very difficult to walk
- Benjamin Franklin, an 18th century scientist and politician, was often so severely afflicted with gout he needed to be carried
- The word ‘gout’ is from the Latin gutta which means ‘to drop’. During medieval times, it was believed that human temperament and health was based on the balance of four bodily fluids or humors and that the ‘dropping’ of one of these humors caused the pain and inflammation associated with gout
- Gout was also frequently called “the King’s disease” because it was often caused by the consumption of rich foods and alcohol- a luxury reserved for loyalty.
- Because of this, gout was often considered to be socially desirable
- Alfred Barring Garrod, an English physician was one of the first to suggest the avoidance of certain foods for gout pain relief in the 1800s. Unfortunately, this recommendation remains largely overlooked, even today
- 6th century physician Alexander of Tralles is believed to be the first to use an alkaloid derived from the autumn crocus flower to treat gout
- Colchicine, sometimes used to treat gout today, is derived from this plant.
- The more commonly used treatment for gout, allopurinol, was developed in the 1980s. Scientists George Hitchings and Gertrude Elion were awarded the 1988 Nobel Prize in Medicine for their work with this and 6 other drugs
- Scientists now believe that there is a stronger link between gout and cardiovascular disease than once thought. Research, including research at the CCCT, is underway to clarify this link
Check out our new gout website at http://www.clinicaltrialscanada.com/patients/gout/
EducAid Free Educational Seminar on gout – Dec. 7th at 7:30pm. Click for more details: EducAid – Free Gout Seminar