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August 1948


Am J Dis Child. 1948;76(2):217. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1948.02030030226014

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Although headache is the most frequent symptom of complaint encountered in general medical practice, there is an extraordinary lack of comprehension regarding the numerous distinct and definite groups into which the malady correctly falls, as well as which structures are sensitive or insensitive to pain and whence such pain derives. Consequently there is ignorance as to the source, presumable cause and therapy in groups or individual cases.

In this volume Dr. Moench has given an admirable, clearcut and readily understandable presentation of the subject. Beginning with a chapter on the pathologic anatomy and physiologic mechanism of headache, he lists those structures, particularly blood vessels and nerves, which are sensitive to pain, and describes the hemodynamic factors, their causes, effects and eventual localization, responsible for particular symptoms.

In subsequent chapters, headache from organic sources such as cerebral tumor, spinal puncture, trauma and other intracranial pathologic lesions, as well as that arising

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