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Ann Intern Med. 1955;42(5):1137-1146. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-42-5-1137
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It is reassuring to note that gout has reached maturity during the past decade after an adolescence considerably longer than has been required for many other maladies. Evidence of maturity may be documented. Gout has been accorded equal status with diabetes mellitus and other recognized clinical entities on the cover of Metabolism, a journal which made its appearance in 1953.1 Also, in the initial issue of the Journal of Chronic Diseases,2 Seegal identifies gout "as a chronic disorder of middle or late life, to be recognized early in life because of increased clinical awareness and improved diagnostic measures." This editorial




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