18th century engraving of man with gout.

18th century engraving of man with gout.

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Credit: NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: 'A sudden call, or one of the corporation summoned from his favorite amusement', an etching published by S.W. Fores, 1799. Death in the form of a skeleton visits a parish official as he begins a sumptuous meal. He already suffers from gout in his left foot. Gout has traditionally been associated with "excessive living", in particular overeating & overdrinking, & it is more common amongst men.

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Keywords: arthritis, caricature, condition, death, death visits, disease, disorder, foot, gluttony, gourmet, gout, gouty, gouty arthritis, healthcare, historical image, history, medical, medicine, visiting a gourmet

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