Reconstruction of a sick room, with a patient suffering from gout, 1870s.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Diorama situated in the Lower Wellcome Gallery, Science Museum, London. This patient has gout, which is a very painful disease of certain joints. With few effective medicines available, little treatment was posible beyond making the patient comfortable. This meant illneses in Victorian times were often lengthy. There was no effective treatment for gout. The foot was loosely bandaged to prevent painful contact, and the patient could only wait for the attack to pas.