This reference provides coverage of every aspect of every clinically discrete type of headache - from the ubiquitous tension headache to the neurologically complicated headache associated with life-threatening cerebrovascular disorders. Under the editorial guidance of three distinguished headache specialists, more than 100 leading international authorities in pertinent basic and clinical areas have joined forces to produce this review. "The Headaches" offers clinicians a systematic approach to rapid diagnosis and optimal management, as well as an enhanced appreciation of the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and biochemistry of the cephalic circulation and pericranial muscles; the psychological dimensions of headache; and the rationale underlying pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic prophylaxis and palliation. For each headache type, the book details the etiology; signs and symptoms; physical, neurologic, imaging, and laboratory findings; and treatment options. Complete information is provided on the entire current pharmacologic armamentarium - including the new serotonin agonist, sumatriptan - and on psychological, behavioural, and other nonpharmacologic interventions.
Management issues in special patient populations such as children, the elderly, and the psychiatrically ill are also addressed.