Taming The Toe Monster: How To Survive a Bout With Gout

Stephen Hanks
7 min readNov 28, 2021
”The Gout” by James Gillray. Published May 14, 1799. If this late 18th century depiction of a foot being assaulted by “The Toe Monster” looks scary, you can only imagine what an attack of gout must feel like.

During the most festive time of the year — the six weeks that begin tomorrow and lasts through New Year’s Day — the visions I have dancing in my head do not involve sugar plums. My delectable daydreams are of parties and family dinners where any kind of meat and fish are in abundance, the alcohol is flowing freely, and rich, delicious desserts are irresistible temptations.

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Stephen Hanks

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