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In the past year students of the gout, at least those on this side of the Atlantic, celebrated the bicentenary of not one but two revolutionary events, for 1976 marked the two hundredth anniversary of the discovery of uric acid by the Swedish apothecary-chemist, Carl Wilhelm Scheele (1742-1786). This accomplishment inaugurated modern investigation of this ancient malady, leading to the observations of Wollaston on the composition of tophaceous matter (1797) and the classical work of Garrod, who carried the gout across the threshold of scientific medicine, leaving behind the mysticism of ancient humoralistic theory.
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Gout and Hyperuricemia.. Ann Intern Med. ;87:499. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-4-499_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(4):499.
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