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Book Reviews
November 2005

Handbook of Headache, 2nd ed

Arch Neurol. 2005;62(11):1783. doi:10.1001/archneur.62.11.1783

by Randolph W. Evans, MD, and Ninan T. Mathew, MD, 417 pages, with illus, $45, ISBN 0-7817-5223-X, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005.

Managing primary headache presents a challenge to many physicians. Written in prose style by 2 renowned headache specialists, this handbook is aimed at primary care physicians and neurologists but it is detailed enough to be of use to the budding headache specialist as well. This pocket-sized, 4 × 8-in handbook packs a lot of information into a small space. There are 18 chapters in all. The first chapter begins with a comprehensive diagnostic approach to headache and its medico-legal aspects. The subsequent chapters cover the primary headaches (migraine, chronic daily headache, tension-type headache, and cluster headache) in detail, with appropriate emphasis on management. The book also covers rare and secondary headaches as well as special demographic groups such as adolescents, children, and persons older than 50 years. There is a special chapter devoted to issues pertaining to women, such as pregnancy, oral contraception, and gender-based complications. The final chapters offer 42 interactive cases and a special question-and-answer quiz. The book is strengthened by the inclusion of a chapter dealing with patient resources, educational materials, and a summary of alternative treatments often asked about by patients.