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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel B. Hier, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is a slim, highly readable book on the problem of migraine headaches in women.
Purpose: The author's purpose is to introduce primary care physicians and obstetricians to the contemporary management of headache in women.
Audience: This book will be of interest to primary care physicians, gynecologists, and obstetricians who treat women with migraine headaches.
Features: This is a concise, nicely written and illustrated book on headaches in women. It is meant to be a practical guide for busy physicians, it is not a scholarly treatise. The author covers migraine in women including diagnosis, acute management, and prophylactic management. In key chapters she lucidly discusses menstrual migraine, premenstrual syndrome, contraception and headaches, pregnancy and headaches, and menopause and headaches.
Assessment: This is a small book with a modest aim: to instruct practicing physicians on the management of migraine in women. It does this well and the book can be read in just a few hours. All the advice is sound and memorable. One caveat is that since both the publisher and author are British, drug names and recommendations follow British rather than American conventions. Nonetheless, American physicians, like their British counterparts, can read it quickly with value.