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Migraine: The Evolution of a Common Disorder » (Revised and Expanded)

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Authors: Oliver Sacks
ISBN-13: 9780375704062, ISBN-10: 037570406X
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Date Published: October 1999
Edition: Revised and Expanded

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Author Biography: Oliver Sacks

Awakenings author and famed neurologist Oliver Sacks once described the secret to his signature style: "For me, writing and medicine, writing and science, are not separate: they entail each other."

Book Synopsis

"Balanced, authoritative . . . brilliant."  --The London Times

"Written by one of the great clinical writers of the twentieth century, Migraine . . . should be read as much for its brilliant insights into the nature of our mental functioning as for its discussion of the migraine."  --The New York Times Book Review

The many manifestations of migraine can vary dramatically from one patient to another, even within the same patient at different times. Among the most compelling and perplexing of these symptoms are the strange visual hallucinations and distortions of space, time, and body image which migraineurs sometimes experience. Portrayals of these uncanny states have found their way into many works of art, from the heavenly visions of Hildegard von Bingen to Alice in Wonderland. Dr. Oliver Sacks argues that migraine cannot be understood simply as an illness, but must be viewed as a complex condition with a unique role to play in each individual's life.

"I am sure . . . that any layman who is interested in the relation between the body and mind . . . will find the book as fascinating as I have."  --W. H. Auden, The New York Review of Books

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Revised (1992) Edition
Preface to the Original (1970) Edition
Historical Introduction1
Pt. IThe Experience of Migraine
Ch. 1Common Migraine13
Ch. 2Migraine Equivalents34
Ch. 3Migraine Aura and Classical Migraine51
Ch. 4Migrainous Neuralgia("Cluster Headache") - Hemiplegic Migraine - Ophthalmoplegic Migraine - Pseudo-Migraine99
Ch. 5The Structure of Migraine109
Pt. IIThe Occurrence of Migraine
Ch. 6The Predisposition to Migraine119
Ch. 7Periodic and Paroxysmal Migraines133
Ch. 8Circumstantial Migraine140
Ch. 9Situational Migraine164
Pt. IIIThe Basis of Migraine
Ch. 10Physiological Mechanisms of Migraine178
Ch. 11The Physiological Organisation of Migraines193
Ch. 12Biological Approaches to Migraine205
Ch. 13Psychological Approaches to Migraine211
Pt. IVTherapeutic Approaches to Migraine
Ch. 14General Measures in the Management of Migraine230
Ch. 15Specific Measures During and Between Attacks238
Ch. 16Recent Advances in the Treatment of Migraine256
Pt. VMigraine as a Universal
Ch. 17Migraine Aura and Hallucinatory Constants273
Appendix I. The Visions of Hildegard299
Appendix II. Cardan's Visions (1570)302
Appendix III. Remedies Advised by Willis (1672), Heberden (1801) and Gowers (1892)304
Glossary of Case-Histories307
Glossary of Terms311