HeadacheThrough the Centuries

HeadacheThrough the Centuries

Mervyn J. Eadie

Print publication date: May 2012

ISBN: 9780199860975

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

Headache: Through the Centuries covers the history of headaches with a particular interest in how the disorder has been understood and treated since the earliest recorded accounts, dating from around 4000 BC. Different types of headache were being recognized as early as the 2nd century AD. Over the years, the classification of types of headache has changed so that headache patterns described in the past are often difficult to relate to present-day types of headache. This online resource comprises a great deal of material that has become available on the topic, including a description of the full gamut of manifestations of the disorder, and the considerable insight into its mechanisms, while still discussing how no completely satisfactory explanation of the disorder has yet become available.