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December 1996

Headache Disorders: A Management Guide for Practitioners

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Rochester, NY

Arch Neurol. 1996;53(12):1218. doi:10.1001/archneur.1996.00550120026008

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Headache remains the most common neurological disease. The numerous medications and regimens for the treatment of headache reflect the diversity of this clinical problem and its often associated chronicity. The authors, founders of a headache unit in New England, offer their philosophical approach to diagnosis, care, and management. The book is concise and well focused. It consists of 10 chapters dealing with headache classification, recognition of significant headache symptoms, and differential diagnosis. Also considered are current theories of pathophysiology and treatment.

In the chapter on history taking, the authors display the information forms used to elicit essential clinical data that are often overlooked and often significant for diagnosis and treatment. Excellent tables supplement the text. Therapy is stressed and the authors, in a straightforward and tacit style, consider drugs, reasons for their use, and their therapeutic strategies. Occasional repetition occurs, particularly in the treatment of the difficult problem of rebound

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