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Table 5 Depictions of gout as humorous or embarrassing (n=44 films and television episodes)

From: “An apple pie a day does not keep the doctor away”: Fictional depictions of gout in contemporary film and television

Portrayal Total (N=44) Historical setting
N=20
Modern-day setting
N=24
Examples
Funny/humorous 26/44, 59% 7/20, 35% 19/24, 79% Howard Wolowitz: “Oh, her gout’s flaring up. Turns out an apple pie a day does not keep the doctor away.” (The Big Bang Theory, S7Ep9, CBS)
Luci: “Down the hatch, gouty. Keep this up and you’ll be gravely ill in no time.” (Disenchantment, S2Ep7, Netflix)
Embarrassing 22/44, 50% 11/20, 55% 11/24, 46% Richard Bucket: “Gout! But that’s worse than a fungus infection.” (Keeping Up Appearances, S4Ep9, BBC)