Views & Reviews Between the Lines

The benefits of gout

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 16 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a781
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    In the 18th century, people of the middling sort would spend their evenings reading magazines of miscellaneous content by candlelight. One such was The New Universal Magazine, or Gentleman and Lady’s Polite Instructor In every Subject that is Proper to display Nature; to promote Virtue; to help agreeable Conversations; and to form the Judgment in the several Stages, Degrees, Offices and Stations of Life, the whole intended to restore the declining State of magazines by a Constant Supply of true Knowledge and Pleasure.

    Volume 3, of 1753, contains a fair bit of medical information, for example how to prepare snuff for swimmings of the head and how the Chinese prepare a …

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