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November 1940


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Arch Otolaryngol. 1940;32(5):860-876. doi:10.1001/archotol.1940.00660020867004

Cabot1 in his book on differential diagnosis quotes Edinger as follows:

This probably the most frequent form of headache—seems to be unknown to the majority of physicians although it has been described in textbooks for decades. Among the cases I have seen, which far exceed one hundred, few have been properly diagnosticated and treated.

This condition was first pointed out to me in Berlin, Germany, by Halle in 1925. Since that time I have seen hundreds of patients with indurative headache, many of whom have been referred to me with incorrect diagnoses. The most frequent mistake made by general practitioners is to confuse the pain in the head caused by myalgia of the muscles of the neck with disease of the accessory sinuses, otitis media and mastoiditis. In several cases a diagnosis of meningitis was made. One woman attempted to commit suicide because of severe headaches, which she had been

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