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May 23, 1953

Headaches: Their Nature and Treatment.

JAMA. 1953;152(4):372. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690040076029

The authors, who are well known for their studies of psychosomatic medicine, have written in nontechnical language a small book on headaches for the general public. The seven chapters deal with pain and headache mechanisms; headache due to brain tumor, injury, infections, intoxications, and hypertension; migraine; headache caused by tightness of muscles about the head and neck; and patients who have other symptoms along with headache. One chapter presents a verbatim account of an interview between a physician and a patient afflicted with migraine. This book is not a substitute for competent medical consultation and care; it is, however, a highly readable account of the physical and psychological factors responsible for headaches.

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