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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph I Sirven, MD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)
Description: This concise handbook provides primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals with practical information about the diagnosis and management of headache patients. It is written by the founder and director of the New York Headache Center, Alexander Mauskop, MD, who has led an annual education symposium on headaches, given lectures at most major national institutions, and has conducted and published original research in the field of headaches.
Purpose: The book details the classification and diagnosis of headaches, description of symptoms reported by patients, migraine, hemiplegic, basilar type, chronic, tension-type, cluster, cervicogenic, and others. It discusses the pathophysiology of migraine and other headaches and covers diagnostic procedures including blood tests, MRI, angiography, PET, lumbar puncture, EEG, and neuropsychological evaluation.
Audience: It is intended for primary care physicians and staff to insure that they feel well equipped to treat headache patients successfully. The aim also is to help physicians integrate factual knowledge with evidence from real-life clinical situations.
Features: The treatment discussion includes nonpharmacological/alternative approaches, such as cognitive techniques, physical methods, acupuncture, herbal remedies, as well as pharmacological therapies and interventional therapies. Migraines and headaches in special populations, in pregnancy and menstruation, as well as in children and the elderly are also discussed. Ample references are provided.
Assessment: Uniquely structured, this guide covers all common headache conditions and dispenses practical information about the diagnosis and management of headache patients. The book is specific, comprehensive, and fact-filled, yet highly readable despite its small size.