"Dr. Bernstein's program has helped hundreds of her patients master migraines, and her book can help you, too." Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., coauthor of You: Staying Young and You: On a Diet
"The Migraine Brain is the most complete and up-to-date resource and is a must for all migraine sufferers and anyone who lives with them. It is thorough, easy to understand, and well organized. The ultimate migraine resource." Nieca Goldberg, M.D., author of Dr. Nieca Goldberg's Complete Guide to Women's Health
"At last! The Migraine Brain offers real hope, help, and compassion to migraine sufferers everywhere." Pauline W. Chen, M.D., author of Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality
"As a family doctor, I welcome this wonderful book, which can help patients reduce the impact of migraine on their lives. The Migraine Brain explains the subject well and makes understandable a complex condition. It is comprehensive and filled with practical tips for feeling better." Erica Swegler, M.D., 2006 Texas Family Physician of the Year
"The Migraine Brain is a godsend. As a former migraine sufferer, I wish I'd had this book years ago!" Christiane Northrup, M.D.
"This up-to-date book will be a highly valued guide...[Bernstein's] credentials make her an empathetic authority. [E]mpowering." Library Journal
"Bernstein approaches the reader as she might patients creatively, scientifically, and sympathetically offering a range of tactics and treatments to help migraine sufferers control and mitigate their pain." Publishers Weekly
Bernstein, a neurologist who suffered her first migraines in her 20s, teaches at Harvard Medical School and is on staff at the Cambridge Health Alliance, where she founded the Women's Headache Center. With journalist McArdle, she presents a clear and comprehensive analysis of the migraine brain. Noting that there are about 30 million migraine sufferers in the U.S., Bernstein reveals that migraine is a complex neurological disease that affects the central nervous system. A severe headache is just one of its symptoms: others may be nausea, vomiting, visual changes or sensitivity to light or sound: the authors help readers identify the triggers that can bring on an attack (such as stress, insufficient sleep, menstrual periods or a host of other factors). Bernstein then helps the "migraineur" develop a personalized plan to "prevent, abort, or rescue." The authors include research on the new "triptan" meds, which can interrupt the neurochemical reaction of an attack and halt a migraine in its tracks, as well as info on preventive medications (i.e., beta-blockers and antidepressants) and such alternative methods as biofeedback and acupuncture. Bernstein approaches the reader as she might patients-"creatively, scientifically and sympathetically"-offering a range of tactics and treatments to help migraine sufferers control and mitigate their pain. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The significant number of migraine sufferers in the United States indicates that this up-to-date book will be a highly valued guide, as it offers the realistic message that having migraines is a neurological and biochemical occurrence that individuals cannot cure but can learn to treat proactively. Bernstein, herself a migraine sufferer, is a practicing neurologist and the founder of the Women's Headache Center at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and these credentials make her an empathetic authority. In this empowering book, simple definitions of medical terms increase understanding for lay readers and deflect feelings of isolation, as does the use of quotations from those with migraines. Informative chapters on what migraines are, pinpointing your personal triggers, living with a migraineur, work and traveling, and finding the right doctor (including what your doctor should not do) complement sections detailing both conventional and alternative health care and practical suggestions, e.g., keeping a headache diary. This would be a good replacement for Christina Peterson's 1999 book, The Women's Migraine Survival Guide. Recommended for public and consumer health libraries.
Elizabeth J. Eastwood