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May 9, 1959


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U. S. Navy

JAMA. 1959;170(2):163-164. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010020021006

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Headache is a frequent complaint at isolated antarctic bases. It was blamed in 50% of 37 sick call entries in this study. The medical officer found that few if any headaches could be attributed to eye strain, the cold, poor ventilation, sinus trouble, constipation, or similar factors. Interrogation indicated that headache was apparently related to the sharply felt need for careful control of aggression under circumstances of enforced close personal association. The headaches occurred more frequently in the civilian and officer group than in the enlisted group.