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April 1937

PERSONALITY FEATURES AND REACTIONS OF SUBJECTS WITH MIGRAINE

Author Affiliations

NEW YORK

From the New York Hospital and the Department of Medicine, the Cornell University Medical College.

Arch NeurPsych. 1937;37(4):895-921. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1937.02260160195019
Abstract

The psychobiologic aspects of the many-sided problem of migraine have until recently received little attention. Ulrich's1 subjects with migraine reported attacks after an exciting play at the theater, after card playing, after dancing and (many housewives) after a "large washday." Also mentioned were sick headaches that came with riding on trains and sustained noises and on hot summer days. The first day at school and the arithmetic hour were exciting factors among the young subjects. Headache associated with an unattractive variety of work and relieved by giving up such work also was noted by Ulrich.

Hilda Weber2 noted that attacks resulted from emotion of a distressing nature or followed anything which wounded the vanity. She also inferred that in some patients migraine was associated with strong feelings of repressed guilt arising from hostile sentiments entertained toward persons with whom they were in close affective relations. Weber's patient showed

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