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To the Editor:—
One becomes more than discouraged when reading such gems of "knowledge" about Harris's migraine or cluster headaches (also called Horton's headache or histamine headache) as the editorial in The Journal, Oct. 31, page 1224. One wonders also if the old professor was not right when he said, "There seems to be a preponderance of diarrhea of expression and a constipation of thought." Now we physicians are coyly introduced to a "new" treatment, consisting of regular ergotamine injections.I personally have "cured" a patient with Horton's headache with histamine injections (according to Horton's technique), but when the headaches returned one year later they were equally well cured by vitamin injections, given in the same syringe, in increasing doses, at decreasing intervals of time.
Haffke OW. CLUSTER HEADACHES. JAMA. 1960;172(3):268. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020030062022