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Migraine: A History


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List of FiguresAcknowledgmentsNote on Terminology and NamesChapter 1. Introduction: Programmed In?Chapter 2. The "Beating of Hammers": Classical and Medieval Approaches to HemicraniaChapter 3. "Take Housleeke, and Garden Wormes": Migraine Medicine in the Early Modern HouseholdChapter 4. A "Deadly Tormenting Megrym": Expanding Markets and Changing Meanings Chapter 5. "The Pain Was Very Much Relieved and She Slept": Gender and Patienthood in the Nineteenth Century Chapter 6. "As Sharp as If Drawn with Compasses": Victorian Vision, Men of Science, and the Making of Modern Migraine Chapter 7. "A Shower of Phosphenes": Twentieth-Century Stories and the Medical Uses of History Chapter 8. "Happy Hunting Ground": Conceptual Fragmentation and Medication in the Twentieth Century Chapter 9. "If I Could Harness Pain": The Migraine Art Competitions, 1980-1987 Chapter 10. ConclusionNotes 00Bibliography 00Index

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A cultural, social, and medical history of migraine.

About the Author

Social and medical historian Katherine Foxhall earned her PhD from the University of Warwick. She is the author of Health, Medicine, and the Sea: Australian Voyages c. 1815-1860.


In Migraine, Katherine Foxhall delivers a thorough and illuminating history of migraine that traces our endeavors to understand, treat and eliminate this painful condition we still know little about... Foxhall's history of migraine, unlike the self-help books, accommodates human complexity without scanting medicine's contributions to a condition that affects roughly 1 in 7 people on our planet. A lively, scholarly book about migraine, Foxhall's history is also a treatise on the human condition. -- Sibbie O'Sullivan * The Washington Post *

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