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October 28, 1905


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JAMA. 1905;XLV(18):1296-1302. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510180012002a

If one looks into the etymology of the words megrim, hemicrania, the megrims, or migraine, he finds that the words are in origin identical; moreover, the complex, nowadays designated by these silly and meaningless terms, is made up of a hundred symptoms having nothing to do with half-headedness; and most of them are of vastly more importance than half-headedness, or even than pain on or in one side of the head. If one glances at the literature of the history of "migraine," he finds that scarcely any two authors understand the same thing by the word. If one consults present-day textbooks and monographs on the subject, there is the same confusion and misunderstanding. If one should ask any score or hundred of physicians for a definition and clinical picture of the disease, there would be the same astonishing indefiniteness and contradiction in the answers. If one should ask as to