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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Janine Good, MD (University of Maryland School of Medicine)
Description: This is a patient education tool sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology as one of their quality of life initiatives. It describes various types of headaches as well as management and treatment options.
Purpose: This book provides information for migraine and other headache sufferers to self-diagnose and to become involved in their own headache management and treatment approaches. It allows patients to become more informed, thereby becoming more active participants in their care.
Audience: Intended audience includes lay public, but anyone involved in the care of headache patients would benefit from reading this book.
Features: This book contains several chapters relating to distinguishing life-threatening headaches from the more common primary headache disorders. The central part of the book focuses on types of migraine and provides an extensive description of acute and preventive management. There is also a detailed chapter on alternative therapies. The remainder of the book details other types of primary headache disorders with extensive description of sinus disease, which is so often confused with migraine.
Assessment: This is a very informative book for headache education. The focus on patients empowerment to manage their own primary headache disorders is emphasized. The book even details criteria for the need to find a new headache doctor. The chapter on alternative therapies is well organized for the holistic enthusiast. Patients will find this practical, comprehensive, and informative and it will allow them to speak with their doctors more intelligently.