By John Pearce, MD, MRCP. Price, $7.50. Pp 101, with 11 tables. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1969.
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This is another in the "Living Chemistry" series and appears as a brief volume of some 101 pages which covers the subject of migraine in a rather conventional but very adequate manner. As would be expected, the approach is eclectic, with an orientation towards chemistry. This may not please all psychiatrists, but the author shows no real bias as he discusses the epidemiology, mechanisms, variations, and management of migraine in terms that are useful and understandable by the nonspecialist and specialist alike. The emphasis throughout is on the problems presented to the doctor by this not uncommon affliction.
There is a well-rounded discussion of the advantages and complications of methysergide therapy. More than 200 references are listed, with many coming from the last two or three years.
In summary, this appears to be an excellent source book for the practitioner who wants to learn more about a challenging problem.
Palmer DM. Migraine.. Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(5):639. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300210121021