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Gout Print sales support Foundation training, research


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This year’s print, Pope Joan

The Rheumatology Research Foundation offers attendees a memento of the 2015 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Francisco through the sale of the latest print in the Rodnan Commemorative Gout Print series.

In 1994, the estate of former ACR President Gerald P. Rodnan, MD, graciously gave the Foundation permission to reproduce a limited number of prints from his collection of antique gout artwork. Since then, the Foundation has released a new print each year in honor of the Annual Meeting. Proceeds support the Foundation’s research, training, and education programs.

Gwenesta Melton, MD, FACR

This year’s print, Pope Joan, also celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Foundation. The print was selected by Gwenesta Melton, MD, FACR, of the LaFayette Clinic in Fayetteville, N.C. Dr. Melton says she picked the print because it “depicts the ladies around the table unaffected by gout with the elderly gentleman suffering. Gout affects men much more than women until post-menopause. This conveys the clinical aspects very well in a delightful social setting.”

Dr. Melton says she collects Rodnan Gout Prints because she enjoys caring for gout patients. A few prints cover the wall of one of her waiting rooms, and she plans to bring the prints to her home after retirement.

“The Rodnan collection is superb with a wondrous aesthetic for the era that these pictures portray,” she said. “Each scene is both accurate in its depiction yet comical to draw you into the scene.”

To purchase Pope Joan or any other print from the Rodnan Print Library, please visit the Foundation booth in the Exhibit Hall, which opens on Sunday. In honor of the Foundation’s 30th anniversary, all unframed prints are 30 percent off until the Exhibit Hall closes on Tuesday afternoon.