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March 1991

Migraine: A Spectrum of Ideas

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Kansas City, Kan

Arch Neurol. 1991;48(3):257-258. doi:10.1001/archneur.1991.00530150025005

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This book consists of the papers presented at a workshop on the subject of migraine held in Leeds, England, in 1988. There are 25 presentations on a wide array of subjects in the study of migraine, which include reviews of cerebral blood flow, controversies on the role of 5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin), genetic epidemiology, neuropeptides, peripheral analgesics, and theories of pathophysiology. Almost the entire book deals with problems of etiology and pathophysiology. Only a comparatively brief discussion of treatment is offered. Forty-nine scientists participated in the symposium, almost all of whom were from the United States and Europe. Open discussion followed each paper, these discussions lasting from a few minutes to considerably longer.

The presentations are uniformly of high quality, incorporating recent data and focusing on problematic areas. A vast amount of information is given in the reviews in this book, and each subject is followed by a bibliography, most of which

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