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Article
September 9, 1933

STUDIES OF THE VISUAL FIELDS IN FUNCTIONAL HEADACHES OF PITUITARY ORIGIN

JAMA. 1933;101(11):837-843. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740360017007
Abstract

While a study was being made of headaches which had been treated in the past six years with the roentgen rays and glandular extracts, the similarities of the visual field were strikingly alike and seemed of enough importance to report. Headache as a symptom is probably the most common complaint which brings the patient to the ophthalmologist. In a few cases in which correction of the refractive error did not relieve the cephalalgia, a study made with the aid of the internist, the roentgenologist and visual fields led to the belief that these headaches are of pituitary origin.

Pituitary headaches as described by Engelbach and Tierney1 is a term "not to be used to apply to the type of headache caused by neoplasms of the pituitary or other brain tumors." It has been established by these authors that the pituitary gland, almost equally with the thyroid, is concerned in

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