Jarred Hands with Gout
Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter’s 19th-century collection includes human hands that exhibit the effects of a condition called gout, which afflicted Mütter himself in later life. Gout is a type of arthritis characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness in the joints, often affecting the big toe. It occurs due to the buildup of uric acid crystals in the affected joints, leading to inflammation and intense discomfort. Gout is more common in men than in women, and its risk factors include a family history of the condition, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, and diets high in purine-rich foods.