ELMER C. BARTELS, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Gout, one of man's oldest known afflictions, has for many years defied consistently effective and sustained control. The use of colchicine, a drug long associated with the disease gout, has become established for the relief of acute attacks and is thought by some investigators to aid in the prevention of recurring attacks, but it is well recognized that its effect in no way alters the basic problem of gout, that of hyperuricemia. Because of the hyperuricemia, attempts to control gout by a low purine, low fat diet have been made but, as in diabetes, there are definite gradations of the
BARTELS EC. GOUT—NOW AMENABLE TO CONTROL1. Ann Intern Med. ;42:1–10. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-42-1-1
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