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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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