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March 1960

Headache: Diagnosis and Treatment.

AMA Arch Neurol. 1960;2(3):359-360. doi:10.1001/archneur.1960.03840090123019

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The 13 chapters of this informative symposium on "Headache" reflect the wide experience of the editors, Dr. Friedman and Dr. Merritt, in diagnosing and treating this commonest complaint for which patients seek the attention of the physician. Good bibliographies are appended to each chapter. The editors' own contributions, namely, the chapter on the "Principles of Pharmacology" and that on "Migraine," are noteworthy for their well-ordered presentation of basic information both in descriptive detail and in tabular form. Especially valuable to the practicing physician should be not only their positive statements about the usefulness of analgesic agents, sedatives, and the ergot derivatives in treating headache of various intensities and types, but also their incisive statements about the lack of usefulness of a wide variety of agents that have been enthusiastically recommended from time to time. They properly emphasize that, whatever pharmacological agent is used, concomitant psychotherapy is essential.

Dr. Kolb, in

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