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August 6, 1973

Medical News

JAMA. 1973;225(6):567-576. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220330003002

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Having a migraine attack? Be sure you're in London  Just a step outside the City of London, in an elegant old Georgian mansion, lies a unique clinic.During the hours of 10 AM to 4 PM its doors are open to a particular, wretched segment of the half million people who work in the surrounding square mile area: those who suffer from migraine."Our Princess Margaret Migraine Clinic is probably the only clinic in the world that sees and treats patients in the throes of an acute attack," says Derek R. Mullis, director of the sponsoring Migraine Trust, Britain's authoritative medical body in the migraine field. "In the last three years, it [the clinic] has given free emergency treatment to 1,600 patients during acute migraine attacks." (Non-Britons are charged, for the service, however.)"Until the clinic opened in 1970 [at first it was called the City Migraine Clinic], few migraine