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November 1988

Migraineur, or Migraineuse?-Reply

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Neuroepidemiology Unit Harvard Medical School/ Children's Hospital 300 Longwood Ave Boston, MA 02115

Arch Neurol. 1988;45(11):1180. doi:10.1001/archneur.1988.00520350018006

In Reply.  —My colleagues and I use the term migraineur because that is the only noun we have been able to find for people who have migraine. This is the only term used in Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary. Nouveau Petit Larousse lists migraineuse as an adjective, and not as a noun.In light of these findings, we have felt comfortable using the term migraineur. In addition, our clinical colleagues who attend international headache conferences assure us that migraineur is the only noun used to describe a person of either gender who has a migraine.On behalf of my colleagues, I thank Dr Jonas for the opportunity to defend our use of the French language.

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