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Library JournalThe vast majority of migraine suffers are women, many whose estrogen level fluctuations are related to their headaches. Hutchinson (family medicine, Univ. of California, Irvine) has written a very thorough, eminently readable guide that tracks the case histories of seven women as they navigate diagnoses and treatment options. Although Paul Rizzoli, Elizabeth Loder, and Liz Neporent’s 2012 The Migraine Solution: A Complete Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment, and Pain Management covers many of the same topics, this book focuses on the roles that hormones play in the development of menstrual migraines, many of which interfere with quality of life. Hutchinson emphasizes the roles of oral contraceptives, prescription and over-the-counter medications, and the use of anti-epileptics, anti-hypertensives, and antidepressants in migraine prevention. There is a brief chapter about nonpharmacological treatment, including herbals and psychological interventions. Chapters close with references, almost all of which are from the professional literature, but medical and scientific information is integrated seamlessly, for the most part, into the text.
Verdict This well-written book by an expert in the field (who is herself a headache sufferer) is sure to be a popular purchase for any public library or consumer health collection.—Martha Stone, Treadwell Lib., Boston
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