Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James J. Foody, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: Written in a question and answer format, this is a 116-page overview of migraine and related disorders.
Purpose: The author states, "This book is about migraine." He defines and classifies migraine, reviews the epidemiology, and discusses symptomatology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment.
Audience: The target audience is the primary care practitioner and the educated migraine patient. Both audiences are well served by a credible clinician, although the level of sophistication is directed at the practicing physician.
Features: This is a small, easy-to-read paperback text with many useful illustrations, tables, and reproductions of radiographs. The references, organized by chapter rather than specific citations, are mostly pertinent and modern. The lack of an index is offset by a useful table of contents.
Assessment: This small book is a simple, straightforward description of migraine and its treatment. Unlike many other current texts, which tend to be comprehensive to the point of obscuring the clinically important or inaccessible to all but the research neuroscientist, this book is friendly to the practicing clinician. Unfortunately, the explanation of the mechanism of drug treatment is needlessly forced and confusing. This confusion, however, reflects the true state of knowledge. Most primary care practitioners will find this an extraordinarily useful book on the treatment of a common problem. It can be read cover to cover in an hour and be kept on the bookshelf in the office as a quick reference. Headache specialists may also find it beneficial to make this required reading for their more sophisticated and interested patients.