Table 1

Five aphorisms of Hippocrates on gout

Aphorism

Details


VI-28

Eunuchs do not take the gout, nor become bald

VI-29

A woman does not take the gout, unless her menses be stopped

VI-30

A youth does not get gout before sexual intercourse

VI-40

In gouty affections, inflammation subsides within 40 days

XI-55

Gouty affections become active in spring and in autumn


From Hippocrates [2].

Nuki and Simkin Arthritis Research & Therapy 2006 8(Suppl 1):S1   doi:10.1186/ar1906