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Book Reviews
November 2003

Wolff's Headache and Other Head Pain

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Arch Neurol. 2003;60(11):1652-1653. doi:10.1001/archneur.60.11.1652-a

7th ed, edited by Stephen D. Silberstein, Richard B. Lipton, and Donald J. Dalessio, hardcover, 606 pp, with illus, $99, New York, NY, Oxford University Press Inc, 2001.

The 7th edition of Wolff's Headache and Other Head Pain is a reference textbook organized into 4 sections and 27 chapters. The introduction reviews classifications, epidemiology, and pathophysiology, including genetics. The well-established as well as the more hypothetical aspects of the understanding of headaches are described in great detail. The complex role of serotonin in migraines is clearly outlined. The section on genetics is updated to include the latest discoveries. Throughout the introduction are well-illustrated tables and figures, and the literature review is consistently thorough. The quality of the magnetic resonance images, including magnetic resonance angiographic images, is excellent.

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