From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
GOUT, med. jur. contracts. An inflammation of the fibrous and ligamentous parts of the joints. 2. In cases of insurance on lives, when there is warranty of health, it seems that a man subject to the gout, is a life capable of being, insured, if he has no sickness at the time to make it an unequal contract. 2 Park, Ins. 583.