Gout and the Spider, allegorical artwork

Gout and the Spider, allegorical artwork

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Caption: Gout and the Spider. Artwork illustrating the fable of Gout and the Spider, as told by the French poet and author Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695). This fable (number 8, book 3) appeared in the collection published in 1668. The fable tells how gout (a condition caused by uric acid crystals in the joints) affects wealthy people (man on bed with gout of the foot) rather than poor people. In contrast, the spider finds that it prospers best when lodging with poor people. Artwork from the German book 'Die Karikatur und Satire in der Medizin' (Caricature and Satire in Medicine, 1921) by the German art historian and physician Eugen Hollander (1867-1932).

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