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February 9, 1994


Author Affiliations

Chicago Medical School North Chicago, Ill


by Oliver Sacks, revised and expanded, 338 pp, with illus, $30, ISBN 0-520-08101-3, paper, $13, ISBN 0-520-08223-0, Berkeley, Calif, University of California Press, 1992.

JAMA. 1994;271(6):478. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510300090053

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During the last five years, there has been a plethora of books published on headaches. This profusion is probably due to the multitude of investigations into headache as well as the extensive availability of newer therapies for cephalalgic patients. However, this revised and expanded edition of Oliver Sacks' Migraine is a welcome addition.

Dr Sacks' previous books, Awakenings and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, have stimulated enormous lay interest in the neurological sciences. This revised edition of Migraine, although directed to a general readership, should be added to the library of any physician caring for headache patients. The author has produced a readable text that provides insight into, and knowledge of, a complex and poorly understood disorder.

The first two of five parts, "The Experience of Migraine" and "The Occurrence of Migraine," similar to the previous edition, include simplified yet accurate descriptions of symptoms and intricacies.

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