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Headaches: Through the Centuries


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Headache: Through the Centuries illuminates the history of headaches with a particular interest in how the disorder has been understood and treated since the earliest recorded accounts, dating from around 4000 BC.

Different types of headache were being recognized as early as the 2nd century AD. Over the years, though, the classification of types of headache has changed so that headache patterns described in the past are often difficult to relate to present-day types of headache. Since that time, a great deal of material on the topic has become available, the full gamut of manifestations of the disorder has been described, and considerable insight into its mechanisms has been obtained, though no completely satisfactory explanation of the disorder has yet become available.

Providing an extensive history and the development of our understanding of headache over the course of six millennia, Headache: Through the Centuries is thought-provoking and relevant reading for neurologists, medical historians, and anyone interested in headaches.

About the Author

Mervyn J. Eadie

Emeritus Professor of Clinical Neurology and Neuropharmacology

Honorary Research Consultant

University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Headache classification

Chapter 2 The "seat" (i.e. site of origin) of headache

Chapter 3 Headache prior to 1800

Chapter 4 Migraine - the clinical phenomena

Chapter 5 Migraine - the pathogenesis

Chapter 6 Migraine — treatment

Chapter 7 The trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias

Chapter 8 Tension-type headache

Chapter 9 The cranial neuralgias

Chapter10 Some thoughts from the history of headache



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Eadie, Mervyn J.
Oxford University Press
Medicine | Neurology
Health and Medicine-History of Medicine
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6.4 x 9.4 x 1 in 1.35 lb

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