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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Trupti Gokani, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a practical guide to understanding headaches. The author's style is simple, using bold print to emphasize important points. The material is organized in a very light, patient friendly manner.
Purpose: The purpose is to help patients fully understand the different types of headaches, treatment modalities, impact on daily living, etc. The objective is quite worthy, since many individuals suffer from headaches and their complaints are often overlooked. The book nicely meets the objectives.
Audience: The book is written for patients. The author has trained in neurology and runs a headache clinic.
Features: The book is an overview of every aspect of headaches. The table of contents is set up in a "patient concern" layout. Each chapter addresses a specific patient complaint, such as "Are you sure that I don't have a brain tumor?" (Chapter 4) It would have been helpful to have some diagrams/illustrations/tables just to break the text at times.
Assessment: This is a nice overview of the diagnosis, management, and treatment of headaches. It would be helpful to patients seeking to learn more about their ailments.