Joseph Kandel, M.D., is a board-certified neurologist, an associate clinical professor at Wright State University School of Medicine, and the founder and medical director of Neuroscience and Spine Associates in Naples, Florida. David Sudderth, M.D., also board-certified in neurology, specializes in neurology, psychiatry, and pain management and is a popular national public speaker on many neurology topics.
There are a variety of reasons that might account for why we experience headaches. Neurologists Kandel (founder and medical director, Neuroscience & Spine Assocs., FL) and colleague Sudderth, who have written about back pain, here offer their own take on an ailment that affects millions of Americans. Readers are guided through getting a diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan from their doctors. Topics covered include the more common types of headache, treatment options (and a timely chapter on Botox injections), and an illustrated section on neck and shoulder exercises. Do not expect an exhaustive study of every possible reason for experiencing headaches - the information is arranged in bite-sized pieces and does not answer all questions about headaches - but as an aid in helping readers see a pattern to their symptoms, this is a practical and accessible resource. Complementing the text are case studies based on the authors' patients. Highly recommended for all public libraries, even those with several pain/headache books in their collections, as the focus on diagnosis and the sections on cervicogenic headaches here are unique. - Elizabeth J. Eastwood, Mesa P.L., Los Alamos, NM Library Journal 20051001