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October 20, 1917

MIGRAINE AND CHRONIC INTESTINAL STASIS: THEIR RELATIONSHIP AND TREATMENT

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(16):1315-1318. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590430009003

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Abstract

By migraine is meant a condition characterized by severe attacks of headache that occur at varying intervals, with periods of freedom between the attacks. The headache is usually followed by vomiting, either of plain gastric fluids or contents, or of bile, "bilious vomiting." After vomiting, the patient usually feels better, the attack gradually subsides, and there is an interval of freedom from the trouble for a month or two, or it may be for only a week.

The term "intestinal stasis" was first applied by Lane to a condition in which there is a delay in the onward movement of the intestinal contents, accompanied by symptoms of a neurotic type. Formerly, instead of intestinal stasis we spoke of habitual constipation. In constipation we find occasionally a great number of nervous symptoms — dizziness, lack of concentration of the mind, insomnia, etc. This combination of nervous symptoms and delay in the

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