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November 18, 1939

Headache and Head Pains: A Ready Reference Manual for Physicians

JAMA. 1939;113(21):1907. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800460061038

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Headache is a symptom which may occur with almost any disease affecting the human body. To attempt to give a differential diagnosis of headache with treatment would involve a complete knowledge of all phases of medicine. One volume, as one can readily see, would be quite inadequate. The introduction deals with the neurophysiology, etiology, analysis of causal factors and discussion, including history and method, for relief of pain. This part in itself, although superficial, is fairly well written. Opium is mentioned as the most important analgesic, a statement with which the reviewer would not agree. The rest of the book deals with diseases causing headache and their treatment. This is arranged alphabetically instead of in order of their importance. Such a common condition as sinus disease is given two pages and so is the rare condition actinomycosis. Brain tumor is said to be a common disease, which is an erroneous

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