Dr. John H. Talbott, an expert on gout, arthritis and environmental stress, who served as editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, died Wednesday of cancer in the health care center of a retirement community in Delray Beach, Fla.
Dr. Talbott, 88, was well known for his studies on gout suggesting that dietary restrictions for people with the disease could be relaxed.
He was editor of the medical journal from the late 1950s until the early 1970s, a period in which he also directed other scientific publications for the association.
He was the father of Dr. John A. Talbott, chairman of the psychiatry department at the University of Maryland medical school.
Services will be private.