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November 1931


Author Affiliations

Lecturer on Diseases Due to Allergy, University of Oklahoma Medical School; OKLAHOMA CITY

Am J Dis Child. 1931;42(5):1126-1133. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940180076012

In a recent article we1 have shown that approximately 7 per cent of the people in this country some time in life suffer from the symptom complex known as migraine, and that about 30 per cent of all patients with migraine manifest symptoms before 10 years of age. In other words, the syndrome is common in childhood; however, if a child were brought to a physician with a history of periodic headaches, nausea and vomiting, even if the family tree were saturated with allergic diseases, including migraine, few general practitioners would think of migraine as a possible diagnosis, and many pediatricians would give it little consideration. In their textbooks Porter and Carter,2 and Holt,3 did not mention the syndrome. Hassin4 stated that migraine is common in childhood; he treated the subject somewhat briefly. The paucity of literature and our findings concerning the incidence and age of

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