Saturday, November 7, 2015

Gout quotes: poetic metre & sore feet

Recently I greatly enlarged my collection of quotations about gout — I now have nearly 150 quotes, which is by far the largest compilation on the Web and from what I’ve found thus far, possibly the largest anywhere. Most sites that do have a few quotes on the subject, I’ve noticed use the same 5 or 6 and that’s just about it, then we hit the end of the internet. So I spent many hours digging through forgotten literature from past centuries and have come away with lots of fantastic excerpts — prose and poetry, medical and personal, educational and entertaining, serious and sarcastic. And there is so much more out there to harvest, but I had to stop somewhere. My eyes are worn out and need a rest. But as soon as my reading vigour returns, I will add more as I find them. Check out the quotes here:

Ellwanger gout quote on Bunbury vintage gout artwork
George H. Ellwanger 1897 gout quotation on
Origin of the Gout by Henry William Bunbury, c.1786
National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland
Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Modified t.g. 2015

“The excruciating agonies which Nature inflicts on men (who break her laws) to be represented as the work of human tormentors; as the gout, by screwing the toes. Thus we might find that worse than the tortures of the Spanish Inquisition are daily suffered without exciting notice.” ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, journal, 1837