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July 8, 1974

The Practicing Physician's Approach to Headache

Author Affiliations

Cleveland Clinic Cleveland

JAMA. 1974;229(2):210-211. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230400070047

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As the title of this book implies, it has been written for the practicing physician rather than the specialist in neurology. It could also be well used in medical schools and postgraduate training programs. Our young physicians are taught very little in their training years about this most common malady. This book is not meant to present a thorough and complete discussion of the subject of headache, but was written to be of assistance to the family physician or internist who is confronted daily by patients complaining of headache. Such patients are all too often brushed off with a diagnosis of tension or sinus headache and given some pills. As one will see from reading this book, there are many specific types of headache that can be recognized and specifically treated with good results.

The authors rightly point out that the vast majority of patients with headache have no demonstrable