August 14, 1972

Wolff's Headache and Other Head Pain

Author Affiliations

Chicago Medical School Chicago


revised by Donald J. Dalessio, ed 3; 688 pp, with illus, $19.50, Oxford University Press, 1972.

JAMA. 1972;221(7):719. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200200065037

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This excellent revision of Wolff's classic book has brought to the physician or researcher concerned with headache problems an updated, readable reference. The editor has integrated into the text the information new since the last edition a decade ago. The book has been shortened by almost 100 pages by critical editing of considerable extraneous material present in the second edition and no longer apropos. The organization of the book follows the earlier format, with extensive neurophysiological discussion, but the editor has added concise and simple summaries at the end of each chapter. A bibliography of 1,095 references, some as recent as 1971, will be useful to headache investigators.

The chapters discussing atypical facial neuralgia, migraine, migraine therapy, cluster headache, and cranial arteritis are particularly enlightening. In the chapter on migraine therapy, the author has a helpful discussion of the frequent coexistence of migraine and depression, and the usefulness of antidepressant