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March 1995

Tension-Type Headache: Classification, Mechanisms, and Treatment

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Kansas City, Kan

Arch Neurol. 1995;52(3):235. doi:10.1001/archneur.1995.00540270023011

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Tension-type headache is probably the most frequent presenting complaint to the majority of practicing neurologists, and Drs Olesen and Schoenen are correct in drawing our attention to the startling fact that this volume is the first scientifically based book that focuses exclusively on this problem. The book is a report of the Third International Headache Research Seminar and consists of 48 papers of varying length, some extremely brief, organized into the following six categories: clinical features in epidemiology; experimental studies of myofascial nociception; pathology, pharmacology, and biochemistry; central mechanisms of tension-type headache; peripheral mechanisms of tension-type headache; and therapeutic aspects.

Certainly, all aspects of the tension headache problem are covered in this volume, and in each section there is a discussion summary at the conclusion of the papers on specific topics. The reviews of each subject are in general quite well done, although there is marked variability. The review by

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