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February 1996

Treating the Headache Patient

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Kansas City, Kan

Arch Neurol. 1996;53(2):118. doi:10.1001/archneur.1996.00550020020004

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This quite brief volume adds to the very large number of books in recent years that attack the subject of headache and its treatment. This volume is somewhat of a "mixed bag." There are good chapters describing several major headache syndromes: migraine, chronic daily headache, and cluster headache. There is, however, little discussion of tension-type headache as an episodic, as opposed to a chronic, phenomenon. There are also good chapters on the impact of migraine (as a public health problem) and the place of headache specialists and headache clinics.

Less complete is the chapter dealing with psychologic and psychiatric aspects of headache. It is surprising that in a volume directed to treating headache, only a page, for example, is directed to the subject of depression and a half page to anxiety. Headache as a symptom of underlying brain or systemic diseases is also treated quite briefly. Some subjects that are

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