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October 24, 1980


JAMA. 1980;244(17):1979. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03310170075038

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The task for the practicing physician of deciding which books to add to his already crowded shelf is becoming more and more difficult as an avalanche of publications continues to descend on him. It is therefore an unusual and delightful event when a book comes along that not only fulfills a very real need and appeals to a large audience but also attains a level of perfection in all respects.

Raskin and Appenzeller, both well known for their long-standing and extremely productive writings on headache and other pains, have joined in assembling a monograph that is comprehensive, lucidly written, and filled with both critical and commonsense observations. It is obvious that both authors are experienced clinicians who have spent many hours listening with understanding and sympathy to the endless litanies of headache sufferers. In fact, I would strongly suspect that the authors themselves are migraineurs.

To say that they have