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October 1979

Headache and Head Pain,

Arch Otolaryngol. 1979;105(10):631. doi:10.1001/archotol.1979.00790220065020

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The subject of this book is relevant to otolaryngologists because headache and facial pain are common complaints in their practice. It is quite reasonable that they have more than an average grasp of the differential diagnosis of head pain. The practice of simply ruling out active sinus disease without an attempt at diagnosis is too common and a disservice to the patient. Therefore, a book on this topic could be valuable reading. Unfortunately, the audience for this book is not clearly defined and the authors appear to be offering something for everyone. Thus, many parts of this book will be of little interest to the otolaryngologist.

In an attempt to cover all possible aspects of head pain, the authors were led to include much extraneous information. This led to an 85-page chapter on migraine, throughout which only a practitioner with a strong interest in this subject could maintain his attention.

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