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The Headache Book

Seymour Diamond, MD
JAMA. 1973;225(12):1536-1537. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220400062028.
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The Headache Book should prove felicitous reading for the lay scientist and the headache sufferer. This is especially true because of the previous lack of accurate and accomplished lay literature on cephalalgias.

The introduction discusses basic pain mechanisms simply and with clarity, and the initial chapter on headache folklore and legend should be of special interest to physicians as well as their patients. The authors present ten excellent case histories, and through these descriptions the various types of head pain are delineated. My only criticism is that the case histories lack continuity with the clinical descriptive material that appears in later chapters. The case histories would be more effective placed within the chapters describing the clinical disorders.

The physiology and chemistry of head pain is depicted in an easily understandable manner. The association of head pain as a symptom of a companion disorder such as hypothyroidism, allergy, febrile disease, hypoglycemia,

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