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April 20, 1994

Headache: Diagnosis and Treatment

Author Affiliations

The Faulkner Hospital Boston, Mass

JAMA. 1994;271(15):1212-1213. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510390084041

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Headache management is often as much an art as a science. Although genetic testing may soon provide a powerful tool, physicians as yet lack tests for headache diagnosis and must rely almost entirely on the subjective information obtained from the patient history and their own personal observations made by examination during the course of the headache. The disabling and chronic pain of those afflicted with severe headache is often coupled with the emotional responses of overreaction, depression, and withdrawal, with dev

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