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October 2, 1915

Eye Headaches

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New Haven, Conn.

JAMA. 1915;LXV(14):1203. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580140053026

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To the Editor:  —Dr. W. F. Cheney has recently written an article entitled "Gastric Headaches" (Am. Jour. Med. Sc., May, 1915, p. 656) which should not go unchallenged on account of an apparent backward step in teaching that recurrent headaches, serious causes being excluded, are due to the stomach and not to the eyes. The poor stomach of civilized humanity has been long maltreated for headaches, and it is a pity to revive such treatment.That a bad stomach can cause a headache is true, but never a headache that puts a patient to bed and out of business. A headache due to an overdose of alcohol is not due to the upsetting of the stomach, but to the action of alcohol on the brain. That going without food and purging will cure an eye headache is true; so will time. There is no anatomic reason for a stomach to

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