- Pan Macmillan
- Publication Date:
- 10 May 2012
- Neurology & Clinical Neurophysiology
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If you are looking for a book that defines migraine in an almost textbook like manner, citing case studies, historical data, and the like, this very comprehensive tome does that and more. This is an extremely thorough covering of migraine in all of its forms, severity and duration. Published in 1970 with revisions in 1985 and 1992, due to the updates in medications and other techniques in recent years (I'm thinking particularly of a heart surgery that has been utilized and also botox), it is definitely time for another update to be more complete. Despite this, I found it to be extremely helpful personally as someone who has suffered from migraines for over 25 years to see not only the type of migraines I was experiencing, but also why I had such difficulty pinpointing the cause.
I haven't gotten past the first part yet, but I'm not sure how long it'll take me to finish this book, if at all. For one thing, every time I pick it up and start reading about migraine symptoms it makes my permanent baseline migraine flare up. Not sure if it's because the topic of migraine does that or if it's the fact that I'm having trouble getting past the jargon which seems to be directed more to practitioners than the average layperson such as myself. I've read other Oliver Sacks books quite a long time ago now (The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, An Anthropologist on Mars), found them immensely informative as well as entertaining, and devoured them in no time at all. Now I'm left wondering if I was smarter back then and maybe willing to work more on my reading material, or whether this book does in fact use more clinical jargon than his other books did. In any case maybe my current neurologist and I will have to find the proper medication and dosage for my own symptoms before I can continue reading about what it is that has been ailing me all my life.
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