Metabolic Disorders: Gout & Achievement

What did Frederick the Great, Sam uel Johnson, Ben Franklin and Grover Cleveland have in common? Answer:

gout. True enough, say Biochemist George Brooks and Social Psychologist Ernst Mueller, but the one-word diagnosis is far from complete. Those four famous men, along with many others, suffered from swollen, painful joints be cause their blood carried an excess of uric acid, which is a product of hu man metabolism. And the presence of that excess acid may explain their other basic similarities —their energetic and adventurous minds, their urge to ex cel and the high caliber of their achievement.

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