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July 16, 1949

HEADACHE ASSOCIATED WITH PATHOLOGIC CHANGES IN CERVICAL PART OF SPINE

JAMA. 1949;140(11):944-949. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900460014005
Abstract

Headache is a symptom suffered at some time by almost 100 per cent of mankind and is the presenting complaint of a high percentage of patients seeking help from a physician. As knowledge of the multitudinous factors involved in the production of headaches has become more extensive the physician has been enabled to furnish more relief for the symptoms. Fortunately most headaches are infrequent and transient and respond to rest or simple analgesics. The more frequent and protracted headaches offer a challenge to the diagnostic and therapeutic ability of the physician, but too frequently relief for the patient is not obtained. Doctors have little knowledge of the actual mechanism of the production of headache, and most thinking in the matter is based on relatively few experimental or pathologic observations and a multiplicity of deductions, some of which are contradictory.

Within the past fifteen or so years the greatest amount of

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